Complex piping systems are the mainstay for many customers in the oil and gas industry. They play a critical role in safely moving oil and natural gas to chemical plants, refineries, businesses and homes around the world. Because they are required to perform in some of the harshest conditions and under extreme pressure, the safety of every pipeline is paramount to protecting our communities and the environment.
For both customers and end users, the correct selection, specification and material grade of pipe and piping components for any given service is crucial. Piping line class specifications (PLC specs) provide the guidance needed to design, purchase, fabricate, operate and maintain the appropriate piping systems for every facility . They are generally written in coordination with their company’s corporate practices and in compliance with the applicable industry codes and standards (ASME, API, etc.) which can vary from system to system. Oftentimes, end users develop their PLC specs based solely on the operating parameters of the piping. While it is essential to regard the needs of the media being transferred, considering safe and flexible alternatives can save time and money.
End users often make their specifications rather tight and narrow, or as specific as possible as a way to aid design and maintenance tools, says Beal. While this may make sense from an end user perspective, it can lead to complications later in the supply chain with other parties. Overall, it can prolong the process of receiving the necessary materials or products. If the scope of the piping line specifications is made slightly more flexible, receiving alternative materials to lower lead times becomes a viable possibility.
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