Risk/Integrity Assessments

Sample of the numerous projects completed by WKM Consultancy, LLC.

  • Georgia Strait Crossing Pipeline – Pre-construction qualitative and quantitative risk assessments and risk management expert witness testimony as risk management advisor to large US gas transmission pipeline company in response to Canadian NEB information requests.
  • Longhorn Pipeline – Pre-conversion qualitative and quantitative risk assessments and risk management expert witness testimony for the environmental assessment as technical advisor to US DOT, EPA and DOJ.
  • US state of Michigan – Relative risk assessment and expert witness testimony for a hazardous liquid pipeline facility.
  • US hazardous liquids pipeline – Custom hazardous liquids station facilities relative risk assessment model, including; establishment of risk algorithm, collection of supporting station facilities data, and identification of risk drivers, at 25 crude and product stations and terminals.
  • Gas distribution/transmission pipeline – Custom index-based risk assessment model to establish a facilities conditions/activities database and company benchmarks.
  • US state of Washington – Semi-quantitative hazards analysis and study report to identify oil spill hazards, consequences and protection systems for an oil-handling facility adjacent to navigable surface waters.
  • US gas and liquid pipeline – Over 10 relative risk algorithms developed through facilitation within groups of in-house operations, maintenance and engineering experts.
  • 10 US States and 2 Canadian Provinces – Risk model field data gathering (ROW inspections & personnel interviews) covering ~2,500 miles of US gas and liquid pipelines.
  • US oil and gas companies – In-line inspection and hydrostatic testing integrity assessments for over 1,000 miles of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines.
  • Sour gas pipeline system, multi-product corridor pipelines, and LPG terminal –  Relative risk assessments to establish a facilities database and company benchmarks for facilities located in Central and South America.
  • Central America multi-product terminal and pipeline – ‘What-if’ threat scenarios and release hazard analyses including a risk management recommendations report.
  • Country of Bolivia, South America – Relative risk assessment and segment risk study report, using US risk benchmarks, of all oil and gas pipeline facilities.
  • Offshore gas system in Taiwan – Pre-construction risk assessment.

Risk/Integrity Management Programs

  • US multi-product hazardous liquids transporter – Integrity management program framework and HCA segment identification.
  • Large US liquid products pipeline – Risk assessment and management program for over 5,000 miles of hazardous liquid pipeline and station facilities.
  • California PUC – Risk management program submitted for over 40,000 miles of gas distribution, 7,000 miles of gas transmission pipeline, and station facilities with a large US gas and electric utility company.
  • US DOT ‘Risk Management Demonstration Project – Risk management programs for two large US gas transmission companies (> 40,000 miles).
  • ~4,000 mile gas transmission pipeline system – Risk-based budget with proposed capital project and O&M activities prioritized based on relative benefit-cost ratios, risk threshold criteria, and economic evaluation criteria.
  • Large US hazardous liquids pipeline – Risk assessments to create a prioritized resource allocation risk management report, including; facility condition/activities database, company benchmarks, risk mitigation scenarios, and benefit-cost ranked project list for several crude pipeline systems.
  • Large US gas transmission – Risk-based resource allocation model and severity matrix using relative risk scores and pipeline company project cost data to determine risk reduction projects ranked by benefit/cost ratios.
  • US gas transmission – Resource allocation tool to evaluate pipeline section risk score changes due to condition or activity modifications and their associated costs.
  • Large US gas transmission – Capital project economic evaluation based on a relative risk results which generated avoided project costs (benefits) and avoided cost probability distributions.
  • Multi-product hazardous liquids pipeline – Commercial software risk management pilot, includin; baseline facilities database, risk ranking, segment risk analysis, and benefit/cost-based risk mitigation project rankings.
  • Several multi-product hazardous liquids pipeline – Relative and absolute risk resource allocation model with guidelines, as well as study risk assessment/management reports.
  • CO2 Carbon Sequestration pipeline network – QRA, preparation of public presentation docs, corporate risk strategy, pre-construction risk management processes

Regulatory Compliance

  • US DOT ‘Risk Management Demonstration Project’ – Class location change alternative justifications based on evaluation of section risks from multiple risk mitigation scenarios. First time that the OPS has approved risk control alternative activities over pipe replacement within a class location change section.
  • US DOT ‘Risk Management Demonstration Project’ – technical justifications and formal program presentations to the OPS and Program Review Team (state, regional and national representatives) for two large US gas transmission companies.
  • US oil and gas companies operating in over 15 states – Multiple US DOT and state regulatory compliance evaluations, including; evaluation of pipeline facility regulatory jurisdictions; operating maps; operations and maintenance procedures; activity records; designs and construction; testing; and, management practices of natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, crude oil and petroleum product pipeline, refining and terminal systems.
  • Large US hazardous liquids pipeline – Multiple tank farm facility compliance evaluations to delineate OSHA, EPA and DOT (OPS/USCG) jurisdictional boundaries of low pressure hazardous liquid tanks, transfer piping and ancillary systems.
  • Oil-handling facility – Facility compliance improvement cost analysis for upgrading design, maintenance and operations to achieve compliance with proposed federal and state regulations in the state of Washington.
  • Hazardous liquids pipeline – US DOT/OPS safety inspection representative, including; record reviews, procedure and activity clarifications, 49 CFR application interpretation, probable violation notice response, and corrective action plan.
  • Large US petroleum products refinery – Multi-disciplined US OSHA PSM compliance team activities, including; 29 CFR 1910.119 compliance, PSM Program administrative procedures, ~850 covered process operating procedures, document control system, unit process safety information packages, unit Process Hazard Analyses (‘What-if’ and ‘HAZOP’ methods), and PHA action items.
  • US refining and storage facilities – Over 15 operations, maintenance and emergency procedure manuals for compliance with US DOT (OPS & USCG), EPA, and state regulations (complex facilities) with various natural gas, LPG, crude oil and petroleum products pipeline systems.
  • US Hazardous liquids and gas pipeline – Classroom training sessions for pipeline personnel responsible for operations, maintenance, construction, testing, design, supervision and emergency response activities covering company procedures and US federal/state requirements.
  • US hazardous liquids refinery and storage facility – Pipeline training lesson plans and programs, including computer-based training (CBT) modules, for training operations, maintenance, technical and management personnel.
  • US DOT and Canadian NEB – Risk management training sessions, including current integrity data management, risk assessment methodologies, and software technologies being used.
  • Two large US gas transmission companies – Relative risk assessment, algorithm sensitivity analysis and risk graphics for training of OPS personnel in ‘Risk Management Demonstration Project’.
  • US petrochemical refinery – Acquisition due diligence integrity and compliance assessment, including; US DOT and state regulations, systems mechanical integrity, overpressure protection, and cost estimate to mitigate higher risk sections of a crude pipeline system.

Expert Witness / Testifying Expert

See individual CV’s for current list of WKM Consultancy’s engagements in support of legal proceedings. Key personnel have been involved in numerous high profile cases where overall strategic planning as well as technical details have been critical to the success.