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Regulatory and Code Updates for October 2015

Every month RAE produces a short summary of important changes to regulations and codes that may impact our clients. The following are the updates from the month of October:

The September 2015 edition of the Pressure News was released. The ABSA newsletter contains many helpful reminders and updates on the world of Alberta pressure equipment regulation.

ABSA released an update to an Information Bulletin regarding the PWHT of P1 materials under ASME B31.1 and B31.3. This information bulletin details the changes that have been made to the 2014 editions of the B31.1 and B31.3 piping codes with respect to PWHT, specifically an exemption allowed under the code for no PWHT of P1 materials with no limitations on thickness. Currently these editions may be used but are not in force under the PESR.

ABSA released an Information Bulletin regarding the servicing of pressure relief devices on propane storage tanks. This information bulletin notifies users of the recent bulletin from Alberta Municipal Affairs regarding propane storage tanks with a volume of 2500 USWG or less, indicating that the PRVs must be maintained and serviced in accordance with the intervals outlined in ABSA AB-506.

Alberta Municipal Affairs released a notice reminding industry that the gas variance VAR-GAS-01-13[Rev1] will expire on June 30, 2016. VAR-GAS-01-13[Rev1] was brought into force in 2013 for site-specific gas-fired process equipment in the Oil and Gas industry where gas is used for fuel purposes, allowing equipment to be inspected and certified by a Professional Engineer. Outside of this, and other prior variances, the regulation requires that industry use certified equipment or get uncertified equipment field approved by an accredited organization.

Alberta Municipal Affairs updated STANDATA G-03-11-ABSA. This STANDATA sets the specification break between the Gas Code Regulation and the Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation for fuel gas piping installed at Owner-User facilities (facilities where the owner has an Integrity Management program registered with ABSA). Under this STANDATA, fuel gas piping at these facilities with a pressure exceeding 103kPag shall follow the standard ABSA rules for pressure piping including: design registration, constructed by an appropriate ABSA AQP holder, sign off by an Owner’s Inspector, and submission of an AB-83. An installation inspection will still be carried out under the Gas Code Regulation and the system issued a gas permit.

The AER released an amended Directive 060: Upstream Petroleum Industry Flaring, Incinerating, and Venting. The changes include adding schools to the list of entities that must be notified when non-routine flaring or venting will occur, amendments to the requirements for post-event dispersion modelling, and the inclusion of condensate producing sites under the requirements for general conservation.

API released a new recommended practice API RP 538 Industrial Fired Boilers for General Refinery and Petrochemical Service, this recommended practice covers design, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting for industrial fired boilers used in refineries and chemical plants. It does not apply to fire tube boilers, gas turbine exhaust boilers, fluidized bed boilers, or forced circulation boilers. Furthermore it does not cover mechanical construction, for those considerations see the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and related ISO standards.

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