COMMITMENT TO SAFETY

 

Gulf South will ensure the Willis Lateral Project facilities are designed, built, and operated with safety always paramount.  Gulf South is committed to operating its compressor stations and pipelines safely.  Gulf South’s well-trained employees work hard to ensure the company complies with all rules and regulations.

 

Design and Construction

Gulf South’s pipeline system is designed and built in accordance with the pipeline safety standards established by industry experts and the Department of Transportation (DOT).  The safety measures include:

 

  • Design:  Employing numerous modern technologies and materials, safety will be built into the Project’s compressor station.

  • Construction:  The pipeline and other facilities are monitored by qualified inspectors during the construction process to meet quality standards and comply with applicable codes and standards.

  • Welding:  All welders on the Project must have passed stringent qualifications tests.  All welds on the piping will be required to pass visual and other non-destructive tests before the facility is placed into operation.

  • Strength Testing:  Before being placed into operation, the pipeline and station piping will be hydro-tested - pressurized with water to a level that exceeds the stress at which the pipeline will operate. This procedure will ensure the strength and integrity of the pipe before being placed into service.

 

Safety Systems and Monitoring

Safety Systems will be installed at the compressor station, including Emergency Shutdown Systems. Once the facilities are operating, employees will monitor the flow of gas and equipment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year using a specialized computer system.  This system gathers pipeline pressure data, volume and flow rates and the status of pumping equipment and valves.  Whenever conditions change, an alarm warns the operator on duty and the condition is investigated.  Both automated and manual valves are strategically placed along the pipeline system to enable the pipeline to be shut down immediately and sections to be isolated quickly, if necessary, allowing operators to quickly address any event at the station.  

 

Inspections

Periodic inspections of the facilities will help us detect a potential problem and address it before it becomes an actual problem.  The inspections include surveys for detecting signs of leaks or other problems. Visual inspections of the pipeline right-of-way (ROW) are conducted by air and/or ground on a regular basis.  The ROW is a narrow strip of land reserved for the pipeline.  Above ground marker signs are displayed along the ROW to alert the public and contractors to the existence of the pipeline.

 

Operator Qualifications Program

All operation and maintenance personnel must meet industry qualification standards.  Our operators are trained and capable of performing safety and maintenance tasks, recognizing abnormal operating conditions and responding to those conditions.

 

Public Awareness Program

Gulf South's public awareness program is designed to prevent third-party damage to our pipelines.  Residents and business owners who live along the pipeline ROW are mailed safety brochures to inform them of their proximity to pipelines and to make them aware of pipeline markers.  Additionally, the company is a member of numerous One-Call Centers that serve as a clearinghouse for excavation activities that are close to pipelines and other underground utilities. A national "call-before-you-dig" number - 811 - was established by federal law in 2007. Emergency preparedness and planning measures are in place at Gulf South in the event that a pipeline incident occurs. Gulf South also conducts emergency response drills and works closely with local first responders to ensure emergency preparedness.

 

More Safety Information

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America:  www.ingaa.org

Southern Gas Association:  www.southerngas.org

Department of Transportation – Office of Pipeline Safety:  http://phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline