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 June:
ABSA released the following Information Bulletins:
- IB15-007 Expiry of Examination Papers Passed and Operating Experience Gained for Certification under the PER. This supersedes a previous information bulletin, IB12-007, and reiterates that examinations required for a power engineers certificate are valid for seven years after they are passed. Afterwards the examination is no longer considered when applying for a higher certification and the exam will have to be rewritten.
- An update to Information Bulletin IB14-010 Interpretation: Permanent Tack Welds. This interpretation is in regards to tack welds that are not completely removed prior to the completion of construction of a boiler, pressure vessel, or pressure piping system. In brief, permanent tack welding is considered welding under the Pressure Welders Regulation, as such the welders installing permanent tack welds must be certified, either through a Pressure Welder Certificate of Competency or a Pressure Tack Welder Certificate of Competency. Furthermore organizations planning on using a Pressure Tack Welder must include this in their QMS and have it accepted by ABSA.
- IB15-008 Use of ASME B31.3-2014 in Alberta PWHT of P1 Materials to highlight the change in B31.3 that provides an exemption from post weld heat treatment (PWHT) for P1 materials of any thickness. The Code relies upon knowledgeable owners and designers to specify PWHT when necessary, and they should ensure PWHT is performed when required.
- IB15-009 Quality Management Systems for Owner-User Pressure Equipment Integrity Management to notify Owner-Users of the new edition of AB-512, Edition 2. Owners which current have an owner user program must ensure their IMS is revised to meet the current AB-512 requirements. At the time of this blog post the newest edition of AB-512 hasn’t been posted on the ABSA website.
ABSA released a new revision of the AB-516 PESR User Guide. The PESR User Guide is a hefty document at 94 pages but a useful one. This document goes through the Pressure Equipment Safety Regulation (PESR), the primary regulation for integrity management under ABSA, and explains what each element in the regulation means. For people who are new to ABSA and the regulations this is an invaluable guide.
The June 2015 Edition of the Pressure News was released. This contains information on upcoming seminars, pressure tack welders, guidance on thermal liquid heating systems, and much more. Some announcements of note include:
- The ABSA Design Survey kicked off a pilot project whereby submissions made by a “recognized design submitter” (RDS) are freed from some of the delays inherent in the current system through the use of an audit-based process and the principles of Quality Management. The final version of the program is expected to be ready by October.
- ABSA is developing a document “Requirements for the Use of Engineered Pressure Enclosures” to define the Alberta requirements for EPEs. An Engineered Pressure Enclosure (EPE) is an enclosure designed for the purpose of stopping a leak for a limited period of time, until a proper repair can be implemented.
Alberta Municipal Affairs released STANDATA G-02-01a Uncertified Appliances and Equipment Require Special Inspection and Approval, this reiterates the need to have uncertified gas burning equipment inspected and approved, and has a table of inspection bodies approved for work in Alberta. Historically in industry many pieces of fired process equipment were built either to no standard or to American standards and did not necessarily meet CSA B149.3, these pieces of equipment must be inspected and certified as per paragraph 3(1) of the Gas Code Regulation. A previous variance, STANDATA VAR-GAS-01-13 allowed for this equipment to be inspected by a Professional Engineer.
The 2015 Edition of CSA Z662 Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems was released. This is the primary standard for pipelines in Canadian jurisdictions, and the standard used in Alberta under the Pipeline Rules.