Since 2010, federal regulators have required distribution pipeline system operators to have a Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) and associated written integrity management plan in place, which is reviewed every 5 years at a minimum.
Having the appropriate solutions in place for detailed asset analysis and health index of mains, services, regulator stations, meters and other critical distribution facilities, is a necessity to remain regulatory compliant, ensure public safety and prioritization of capital.
An effective distribution risk program includes a forward looking, predictive approach and related mitigation strategies to increase system safety and reliability. Dynamic Risk offers services to support this that include:
- Investigate root causes for past events
- Identify “Threat Scenarios”
- Quantify the probabity of each scenario
- Establish mitigation strategies
- Implement supporting processes and tools
- Effective management of Corporate ESG considerations and programs
Since a Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) is mandatory, operators must develop, manage, and periodically evaluate an integrity management program internally, or source and obtain external support.
Dynamic Risk’s industry leading engineering consultants partner with operators to ensure compliancy for all distribution pipeline assets.
Distribution companies often do not have in-house expertise with the required knowledge to develop an effective distribution integrity management program (DIMP). Dynamic Risk allievates this challenge with our staff augmentation services of industry leading consultants to support any phase of developing and managing your pipeline asset risk and intregrity programs.
Dynamic Risk works with industry leading engineers and distribution integrity management consultants to support operators who do not have in-house resources and expertise in developing and managing DIMPs and risk mitigation activities.
Case Study: Operational Process Safety of Gas Distribution Systems
As part of a continuous improvement initiative to reduce major hazard events for a Gas Distribution Operator, Dynamic Risk was engaged to conduct an independent Operational Process Safety Review.
Across the industry, gas process safety risk potentially introduced during field activities is typically not a major focus of integrity management programs. Occupational safety risk during field activities is typically the primary focus of field operations executing the tasks, not gas process safety risk. To address this gap in gas process safety risk management, the Review evaluated field activities, related practices and procedures, and their effectiveness in preventing and mitigating major incidents.
Case Study: ATCO – A Trailblazer in the Decarbonization of Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines
In 2020, ATCO proposed hydrogen blending as an initial step in moving towards a low-carbon future. They see hydrogen playing a central role in emissions reduction across their domestic, commercial, and industrial service lines.
ATCO’s Fort Saskatchewan Hydrogen Blending Project will see 5% hydrogen by volume blended into a portion of the Fort Saskatchewan natural gas system to approximately 2,100 customers, making it the highest blend rate in Canada to date.