Not Every HCA Analysis is Created Equal

Performing High Consequence Area (HCA) analysis correctly is a critical initial step to Integrity Management Program (IMP) success, and if it is not done correctly, can be a substantial liability for oil and gas transmission companies. While most operators routinely use commercially available software packages, or retain vendors to do their analyses, and appear to be satisfied with their results, Integrity Plus has noted a number of potential vulnerabilities that operators should carefully consider.

This paper digs in to the most common concerns that operators face, associated Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) guidance, and potential solutions to HCA analysis.

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