Pipeline companies have been managing and reducing greenhouse gas emission for decades. Fugitive emissions sites must have a proper plan for management of the natural gas pipeline, along with natural gas transmission and storage facilities that follow the correct safety standards. The plans that are put in place with the company are used to make sure the pipeline is operating at the safest level possible, reducing the risk to the environment and people in that area. This guide goes over what it takes to make a fugitive emissions management plan, leak management programs, and supplemental monitoring for the system.
What does a fugitive emissions management plan need?
The fugitive emissions management plan has to have a design to ensure verifiable and effective management of the natural above-ground gas facilities. It also needs to make sure all regulations are being followed. The plan needs to incorporate:
Documentation of the basis for any refinements to the company, such as performance-based changes to leak monitoring frequencies.
A written plan by management for baseline performance, the scope of the program, performance targets, ongoing performance monitoring requirements, focus on quality control, and quality assurance.
A system set in place to manage leak monitoring, training records, repair records, and maintenance records associated with leak detection and equipment used for leak surveys.
Once the plan is put in place, there is a phase-in period that is required. This period allows the company to review the guidelines and decide if they want to update or refine any of the plans. The amount of the period is determined by the regulatory bodies during a consultation.
What management is used for fugitive emissions management systems?
Companies need to perform regular surveys to check for leaks, analyze evidence of leaks, investigate leaks and review the detection programs to ensure that they are working correctly. Once fugitive emissions begin to leak, there are environmental damages that need to be controlled. Four key elements are used for leak management for fugitive emissions management systems:
Plan: A documentation defining the actions to take for leak detection, investigation, and repairs. The plan needs to include performance objectives and measurements of that performance to ensure the appropriate considerations to environmental consequences with emission leaks.
Do: The company needs to make sure the activities defined in the document are carried out according to the requirements put in place by them.
Check: A review of leak management system programs to verify that the objectives were met.
Act: The company needs to take action in areas where the objectives were not met. Then the entire leak management system needs to be reviewed to seek ongoing improvement of the plan.
Fugitive management system plans are constantly changing to incorporate new standards, technologies, and other improvements made by the emissions company. It is the company's responsibility to ensure the pipeline leaks are kept to a minimum and that the correct safety measures are taken every time there is a leak.
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