Long term asset management is a key issue in the high pressure industry, but only limited and somewhat fragmented guidelines exist in the form of various “New-Construction” Design Codes and Standards. The high pressure industry is a niche industry and many applications are not covered completely by existing codes and standards. The paper will cover an overview of various ASME and API documents and provide an overall methodology for the implementation of an effective and logical asset management protocol including Fitness for Service guidelines which can be referenced in lieu of a comprehensive document being available.

ASME discontinued publication and distribution of the High Pressure Systems Standard (HPS-2003) [6] in September 2009. One of the most common uses for this document was the section on vessel requalification. The paper here will discuss the application of this requalification methodology, and its use in an overall high pressure asset management plan.

API 510 [5] and the National Board Inspection Code (NBIC) [13] cover the in-service inspection, repair, alteration, and rerating activities for pressure vessels-including vessels constructed and approved as jurisdictional special based upon jurisdiction acceptance of particular design, fabrication, inspection, testing, and installation. However those documents reference most of the technical requirements in the ASME construction codes for design, welding, NDE, and materials as being applicable for in-service pressure vessels. Also, API 510 and NBIC recognize FFS assessments for evaluating the structural integrity of in-service damage of pressure-containing components. This paper will discuss the use of those construction codes for use in a Fitness for Service assessment and the development of a comprehensive strategy for long term asset management using these guidance documents in conjunction with the ASME/API Inspection Planning guidelines.

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