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PG&E Brings Enhanced Pipeline Safety Technology To Market

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has introduced an enhanced gas safety technology, the MAOP Validation Calculator, designed to facilitate pipeline operators in validating the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) for safe gas operations.

The MAOP Validation Calculator is available to all pipeline operators in the U.S. and Canada as a result of a four-year license agreement between PG&E and Coler & Colantonio, Inc., a privately owned consulting and engineering firm specializing in, among other things, pipeline software and services. 

PG&E partnered with Coler & Colantonio, Inc. to incorporate this technology into a Geospatial Information System (GIS) so that it can be made available to potential pipeline operators. Data from the MAOP Validation Calculator is stored within Coler & Colantonio, Inc.'s Intrepid TM GIS. The software performs calculations to validate the MAOP for each pipeline component, contributing to a more reliable pipeline information system.

"PG&E continues to invest in the development of best-in-class technologies that will enhance pipeline safety. We have experience first-hand in using this technology to perform MAOP validation of our own pipelines," said Sumeet Singh, senior director of Asset Knowledge Management for PG&E's Gas Operations. "Through our collaboration with Coler & Colantonio, Inc., pipeline operators can now adopt the MAOP Validation Calculator and derive benefits that will allow them to more effectively manage critical asset information and enhance the safety of their gas transmission pipeline systems. PG&E is not only committed to enhancing the safety of its natural gas system but also sharing such solutions within the industry."  

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the natural gas pipeline grid comprises of 305,000 miles of transmission pipelines that stretch across the country to feed distribution pipelines that provide service to more than 177 million Americans[1]. To ensure safe pipeline operations, operators must accurately validate the MAOP of their pipelines, which includes permissible design and regulatory compliant strength test pressures.[2] This enhanced technology facilitates compliance with this requirement.  

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