COMMITMENT TO SAFETY

 

Gulf South is committed to ensuring our project facilities are designed, built, and operated safely.  Our 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 compressor stations 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 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 

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.

 

 

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 facilities.  Residents and business owners who live along our pipeline right-of-way and near our compressor stations are mailed safety brochures to inform them of their proximity to pipelines and to make them aware of pipeline markers and facility locations.  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:  https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/safety-awareness/pipeline/safety-awareness-overview