Remotely controlled valves on interstate natural gas pipelines : September 1999.
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Remotely controlled valves on interstate natural gas pipelines : September 1999.

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    This report is in response to a Congressional mandate in the

    Accountable Pipeline Safety and Partnership Act of 1996 to survey

    and assess the effectiveness of remotely controlled valves (RCVs)

    on interstate natural gas pipelines and to determine their

    technical and economical feasibility to shut off gas after a


    This report contains a discussion of the results of a public

    meeting held in Houston, Texas on October 30, 1997 for the

    purpose of gathering information and discussing issues relevant

    to the survey and assessment. The report also contains the

    results of an RCV field evaluation conducted by Texas Eastern

    Transmission Corporation (TETCO) as part of a Consent Order

    issued by the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) (CPF 15102) to

    provide information on TETCO’s experience with RCVs. There is

    also a discussion of status briefings before the Technical

    Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) and a cost versus

    benefit study.

    The report addresses the four main issues raised by the

    Congressional mandate to study RCVs, i.e., effectiveness,

    technical feasibility, economic feasibility, and risk reduction.

    The report concludes with a proposal for further action, which is

    a public meeting to seek input on information for specifying the

    time-to-isolate a ruptured pipeline section.

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