Pipeline Safety: Grant of Waiver; Freeport LNG, 17220 [07-1705]

Download as PDF 17220 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 66 / Friday, April 6, 2007 / Notices Ultrasonic examinations of welds on metal containers shall comply with section 7.3.1.2 of NFPA Standard 59A, 2006 Edition and 59A TIA06; (2) the owner/operator shall retain all ultrasonic examination records for the life of the facility and these records shall be retained in a manner so they may not be altered; and (3) the interval for verifying the examination of welds against a calibration standard shall be eight hours or less. If the ultrasonic equipment is found to be out of calibration, all previous weld examinations determined by the operator shall be reexamined by ultrasonic equipment within a week. Issued in Washington, DC on April 2, 2007. Jeffrey D. Wiese, Acting Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 07–1706 Filed 4–2–07; 4:52 pm] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–06–25734; Notice 2] Pipeline Safety: Grant of Waiver; Freeport LNG Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); U.S. Department of Transportation ACTION: Grant of Waiver; Freeport LNG. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Freeport LNG (FLNG) requested a waiver of compliance from the Federal pipeline safety regulation that requires liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities constructed after March 31, 2000 to comply with the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard 59A (NFPA 59A), 2001 Edition. The waiver specifically requested permission to use ultrasonic examination as an acceptable alternative non-destructive testing method for welds on LNG tanks. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Background FLNG requested a waiver from compliance of the Federal pipeline safety requirements at 49 CFR 193.2301 for its facility at Quintana Terminal, Texas. This regulation requires each LNG facility constructed after March 31, 2000 to comply with 49 CFR part 193 and NFPA Standard 59A, 2001 Edition. NFPA Standard 59A, 2001 Edition requires that welded containers designed for not more than 15 pounds per square inch gauge comply with the Eighth Edition, 1990, of American VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:39 Apr 05, 2007 Jkt 211001 Petroleum Institute Standard 620 (API 620), ‘‘Design and Construction of Large, Welded, Low-Pressure Storage Tanks (Appendix Q).’’ The Eighth Edition of API 620 requires inspection according to Appendix Q which calls for a full radiographic examination of all vertical and horizontal butt welds associated with the container. FLNG proposes to use the Tenth Edition, 2002, Addendum 1 of the 2004 edition of API 620 at its Quintana Terminal LNG facility. The Tenth Edition allows ultrasonic examination as well as radiography as an acceptable alternative non-destructive testing method. FLNG proposes to use ultrasonic examination, which consists of full semi-automated and manual ultrasonic examination using shear wave probes. The examination will also consist of a volumetric ultrasonic examination using a combination of creep wave probes and focused angled longitudinal wave probes. To allow ultrasonic examination in accordance with the most recent NFPA Standard 59A, 2006 Edition, a waiver is required. PHMSA considered FLNG’s waiver request and published a notice in the Federal Register inviting interested persons to comment on whether a waiver should be granted (71 FR 56583; September 27, 2006). No comments were received. The NFPA issued a Tentative Interim Amendment to NFPA Standard 59A, 2006 Edition, effective February 14, 2006 (59A TIA06). The amendment incorporates API 620, Tenth Edition, 2002, Addendum 1, 2004. The Tenth Edition adds ultrasonic examination as an acceptable non-destructive testing method of examination for welds. The proposed wording of the Tenth Edition, Addendum 1, 2004 of API 620 deletes ‘‘radiographic’’ inspection and replaces it with ‘‘complete’’ examination and defines ‘‘complete’’ examination as radiographic or ultrasonic examination. Decision: PHMSA finds that the use of ultrasonic examination in accordance with NFPA Standard 59A, 2006 Edition and 59A TIA06 is not inconsistent with pipeline safety and achieves an equivalent level of safety. Therefore, FLNG’s request for waiver of compliance with § 193.2301 is granted, subject to the following conditions: (1) Ultrasonic examinations of welds on metal containers shall comply with section 7.3.1.2 of NFPA Standard 59A, 2006 Edition and 59A TIA06; (2) the owner/operator shall retain all ultrasonic examination records for the life of the facility and these records shall be retained in a manner so they may not be altered; and (3) the interval for verifying the examination of welds PO 00000 Frm 00130 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 against a calibration standard shall be eight hours or less. If the ultrasonic equipment is found to be out of calibration, all previous weld examinations determined by the operator shall be reexamined by ultrasonic equipment within a week. Issued in Washington, DC on April 2, 2007. Jeffrey D. Wiese, Acting Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 07–1705 Filed 4–2–07; 4:52 pm] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Finance Docket No. 35007] Union Pacific Railroad CompanyTemporary Trackage Rights Exemption-BNSF Railway Company Pursuant to a written trackage rights agreement dated March 15, 2007, BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) has agreed to grant temporary overhead trackage rights to Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) over approximately 2 miles of BNSF’s lines extending between Basta, CA (milepost 163.15), and Fullerton, CA (milepost 165.23). The transaction is scheduled to be consummated on April 27, 2007. The temporary trackage rights are intended to expire on or about August 28, 2007.1 The purpose of the temporary trackage rights is to facilitate maintenance work on UP lines. As a condition to this exemption, any employee affected by the acquisition of the temporary trackage rights will be protected by the conditions imposed in Norfolk and Western Ry. Co.-Trackage Rights-BN, 354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast Ry., Inc.Lease and Operate, 360 I.C.C. 653 (1980), and any employee affected by the discontinuance of those trackage rights will be protected by the conditions set out in Oregon Short Line R. Co.-Abandonment-Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). This notice is filed under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(8). If it contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Any stay petition must 1 In accordance with the trackage rights agreement, UP indicates that it will utilize its trackage rights from April 27, 2007, through May 19, 2007, and from August 7, 2007, through August 28, 2007. E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-06-25734; Notice 2]


Pipeline Safety: Grant of Waiver; Freeport LNG

AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); 
U.S. Department of Transportation

ACTION: Grant of Waiver; Freeport LNG.

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SUMMARY: Freeport LNG (FLNG) requested a waiver of compliance from the 
Federal pipeline safety regulation that requires liquefied natural gas 
(LNG) facilities constructed after March 31, 2000 to comply with the 
National Fire Protection Association's Standard 59A (NFPA 59A), 2001 
Edition. The waiver specifically requested permission to use ultrasonic 
examination as an acceptable alternative non-destructive testing method 
for welds on LNG tanks.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    FLNG requested a waiver from compliance of the Federal pipeline 
safety requirements at 49 CFR 193.2301 for its facility at Quintana 
Terminal, Texas. This regulation requires each LNG facility constructed 
after March 31, 2000 to comply with 49 CFR part 193 and NFPA Standard 
59A, 2001 Edition. NFPA Standard 59A, 2001 Edition requires that welded 
containers designed for not more than 15 pounds per square inch gauge 
comply with the Eighth Edition, 1990, of American Petroleum Institute 
Standard 620 (API 620), ``Design and Construction of Large, Welded, 
Low-Pressure Storage Tanks (Appendix Q).'' The Eighth Edition of API 
620 requires inspection according to Appendix Q which calls for a full 
radiographic examination of all vertical and horizontal butt welds 
associated with the container.
    FLNG proposes to use the Tenth Edition, 2002, Addendum 1 of the 
2004 edition of API 620 at its Quintana Terminal LNG facility. The 
Tenth Edition allows ultrasonic examination as well as radiography as 
an acceptable alternative non-destructive testing method. FLNG proposes 
to use ultrasonic examination, which consists of full semi-automated 
and manual ultrasonic examination using shear wave probes. The 
examination will also consist of a volumetric ultrasonic examination 
using a combination of creep wave probes and focused angled 
longitudinal wave probes. To allow ultrasonic examination in accordance 
with the most recent NFPA Standard 59A, 2006 Edition, a waiver is 
required.
    PHMSA considered FLNG's waiver request and published a notice in 
the Federal Register inviting interested persons to comment on whether 
a waiver should be granted (71 FR 56583; September 27, 2006). No 
comments were received.
    The NFPA issued a Tentative Interim Amendment to NFPA Standard 59A, 
2006 Edition, effective February 14, 2006 (59A TIA06). The amendment 
incorporates API 620, Tenth Edition, 2002, Addendum 1, 2004. The Tenth 
Edition adds ultrasonic examination as an acceptable non-destructive 
testing method of examination for welds. The proposed wording of the 
Tenth Edition, Addendum 1, 2004 of API 620 deletes ``radiographic'' 
inspection and replaces it with ``complete'' examination and defines 
``complete'' examination as radiographic or ultrasonic examination.
    Decision: PHMSA finds that the use of ultrasonic examination in 
accordance with NFPA Standard 59A, 2006 Edition and 59A TIA06 is not 
inconsistent with pipeline safety and achieves an equivalent level of 
safety. Therefore, FLNG's request for waiver of compliance with Sec.  
193.2301 is granted, subject to the following conditions: (1) 
Ultrasonic examinations of welds on metal containers shall comply with 
section 7.3.1.2 of NFPA Standard 59A, 2006 Edition and 59A TIA06; (2) 
the owner/operator shall retain all ultrasonic examination records for 
the life of the facility and these records shall be retained in a 
manner so they may not be altered; and (3) the interval for verifying 
the examination of welds against a calibration standard shall be eight 
hours or less. If the ultrasonic equipment is found to be out of 
calibration, all previous weld examinations determined by the operator 
shall be reexamined by ultrasonic equipment within a week.

    Issued in Washington, DC on April 2, 2007.
Jeffrey D. Wiese,
Acting Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. 07-1705 Filed 4-2-07; 4:52 pm]
BILLING CODE 4910-60-P