Cross Country Pipelines
Pipeline group of OISD is
responsible for all the matters pertaining to the safety in operations of hydrocarbon (like crude,
petroleum products, LPG, Natural Gas) cross country pipelines under the
Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The functions of Pipeline group
- Developing safety
& technical standards to cover design, operation and inspection
aspects for ensuring the safe and environmentally friendly hydrocarbon transportation
through pipeline system on sustainable basis.
- Carrying out External Safety Audits (ESA) of pipelines (On shore/
Off shore) & SPMs to analyse the gaps in line with requirement of
safety standards (OISD/ Statutory / International) and providing
recommendations on noncompliance
in the operation, inspection and maintenance practices.
- Monitoring of ESA recommendations on quarterly basis to ensure that the
recommendations are implemented in a timely / planned manner.
- Carrying out Pre-Commissioning Safety Audits (PCSA) of newly laid
pipelines and facilities and highlighting any gaps in design and construction aspects in line with
safety standards / guidelines.
- Investigations of accidents related to Pipelines in the Industry
with root cause analysis to prevent re-occurrence at other pipeline
- Posting of case
studies and safety alerts on OISD website for dissemination of learnings
and recommendations on various pipeline incidents to prevent such type incidents
at other locations.
- Conducting workshops/ trainings to enhance the awareness about safety in pipeline
Operation, Inspection and Maintenance.
- Maintaining liaison with the industry members. Proving feedback on
various quantitative and qualitative data on various audit recommendations.
- Issue of consent to operate for existing as well as new SPMs being
- The safety performance evaluation of participating cross-country
pipelines for OISD Annual Safety Awards.
Preparation of Standards
OISD has published standards related to safety in
design, construction, inspection, operation and maintenance in oil and gas
industry. The pipeline group in association with experts from the industry,
revise / amend the standards which are necessary to ensure safe pipeline
transportation system to match with challenging environment and technological
advancements. Whenever required, new standards are also prepared to cover
specific concerns raised by industry members.
External Safety Audits (ESA) Cross Country Pipelines
Pipelines Group conducts external safety audits of pipelines. The areas covered
in pipeline audit include all the pipelines and facilities which are used for
transportation of hydrocarbons
(in liquid / gaseous form) through cross country pipelines. The
periodicity of carrying out first two ESAs is within 1 year and 3 years
from the date of commissioning respectively and subsequent ESA is at an
interval of 4 years. During ESAs, the findings of the audit committee are
forwarded to the CEO of the operating company as recommendations and the
operating company is required
to implement those recommendations in a time bound manner to ensure the safe
operation of pipeline.
Safety Audits (ESA) of SPMs
group conducts external safety audits of SPMs including off/onshore pipelines.
The areas covered in audit include all the pipelines and facilities which are
used for transportation of hydrocarbon from SPM to respective shore tank farms/
storage facility and vice
versa. The periodicity of carrying
out ESA is at an interval of 5 years.
compliance of recommendations
of ESAs are being monitored by the pipelines group. The periodicity of
monitoring is quarterly through online OISD portal. The status of implementation of the
recommendations is also reviewed in Steering Committee Meetings and in Safety
Council Meeting. OISD pursues with pipeline operators to comply all
recommendations within 2 years from the date of audit.
Pre-Commissioning Safety Audits (ESA)
Based on the requests of owners, Pre-Commissioning
Safety Audits (PCSAs) are carried out for newly laid pipelines and facilities to ensure ab-initio
compliance of such facilities to OISD standards.
pipeline industry under MoPNG
is required to inform all the accidents and incidents to OISD as per given guidelines. OISD coordinates
the enquiry with the help of industry members or independently. The
enquiry committee looks into the causes of accident and give appropriate
recommendations so as to prevent
the reoccurrence of the same at other locations in future. These
recommendations are circulated among the industry members for maximum
awareness. The pipeline group receives quarterly incident reports from the
industry and analyses the reports. The findings/learnings, if any, are circulated among industry members.
For dissemination of learnings and recommendations
on various pipeline incidents to prevent such type of incidents at other
locations, Case Studies and Safety Alerts are prepared and posted on OISD
group conducts workshops pertaining to safety in pipeline operations and maintenance practices for
exchanging the views and knowledge among industry members. OISD ensures the participation
from industry members as well as vendors related with oil & gas industry.
invites applications on yearly basis from all pipeline operators to select
single pipeline section/group
for best practices in pipelines operations and maintenance. The winner
is selected based on the exhaustive safety evaluation criterion e.g. hazard
potential, safety management systems, Maintenance and Inspection practices etc.
Nomination for individual
awards for exceptional contribution in safety, are also sought. The
winner is selected based on evaluation criterion approved by a committee formed
|Crude Pipeline||10419 KMS|
|Gas Pipeline||16324 KMS|
|Product Pipeline||14061 KMS|
|LPG Pipeline||3369 KMS|
|Public Sector||11 Nos|
|Private Sector||9 Nos|
|Joint Ventures||3 Nos.|