Delhi: In a major step towards standardisation of practices and developing
safety and operational standards in oil and gas infrastructure facilities,
BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) together with GAIL (India) Ltd has formed
an ''exclusive cell'' for the development of standards for high-pressure oil
and gas transmission pipeline systems.
this proactive step on the part of GAIL, ministry of petroleum and natural
gas has requested the department of consumer affairs to assign ''priority one''
to this task. GAIL has shared preliminary information and would provide necessary
resources towards developing national standards.
the occasion as a historic day for the energy sector in India, Proshanto Banerjee,
chairman and managing director, GAIL, said, "The introduction of such
standards would become specially relevant in the context of de-regulation
of the gas business with multiple players in the transmission business and
the crying need for a cross country national gas grid in place."
"Safety and environment
parameters would be given paramount importance while formulating BIS standards
for transmission of natural gas," Satwant Reddy, director general, BIS
added. She also stressed "the role of weights and measures act under
department of consumer affairs in the area of gas metering in the interest
of the consumer at large."
national standards would take the cognisance of the provisions made in other
overseas standards such as the American Petroleum Institute (API), ASME and
European Norms (EN). The technical and safety standards have important bearings
on the pipeline cost, and the transportation tariffs.
BIS standards will set minimum acceptable specifications for design, construction
and procurement of oil and gas transmission pipeline systems. This is intended
not only to ensure safety and security of pipeline infrastructure but also
to lay down minimum technical compliance requirements. Further, BIS standards
would bring parity in understanding of all interested parties in oil and gas
transmission and eliminate divergent views on the subject.
areas, which have been identified for development of standards and code of
practice are line pipes for transportation of natural gas, line pipe coating
internal / external, pipe line laying, laying of pipeline in crossings, Cathodic
protection of pipeline, Gas metering system, SCADA, Centrifugal compressors
for gas transmission, Pumps for transportation of LPG, Gas turbines, Construction
and commissioning of gas dispatch terminal, commissioning of pipelines including
swabbing / EGP, intelligent pigging of pipelines, Hot tapping
of pipelines etc. BIS has already drawn a road map for completion of the development
of standards with mutual co-operation.