Asset Integrity

Safeguarding the health and safety of Crestwood’s employees and the public while maintaining the integrity, reliability and efficiency of assets for Crestwood stakeholders is the key remit of the Pipeline Engineering and Asset Integrity team. Proactive and robust integrity management is a vital element of our initiative to build capability that sustains growth in a constantly evolving midstream industry. Our Asset Integrity Management Process is rooted in sustainability with a cradle-to-grave ethos designed to promote operational accountability and stability. Proper execution of that strategy requires application across the entire asset lifecycle: development, design, construction, testing, operation and decommissioning.

Approach

Crestwood’s Vice President of Pipeline Engineering and Asset Integrity oversees a team comprising of Engineers, Corrosion Specialists, GIS professionals, Geospatial Solution Specialists, and Field Technicians. This team develops and implements Crestwood’s comprehensive integrity management process to minimize operational risk, maintain asset value, meet regulatory responsibilities and improve the efficiency of Crestwood assets.

Our strategic process is vital to building a new asset, modifying existing assets, or integrating legacy assets from acquired companies, and is designed around the well-understood Plan-Do-Check-Act continual improvement cycle. An enhancement to the cycle is the addition of a risk assessment and prioritization step, which ensures that informed business decisions are made in an atmosphere of clear and accurate technical disclosure.

The strategic process applies to both pipeline and facility assets:

  1. Risk Assessment & Prioritization - Identify and assess potential risks to assets from multiple sources. Prioritize those risks based on their likelihood and consequences, and define the controls and barriers necessary to eliminate or reduce the risks.
  2. Planning & Contracts - Develop action plans to implement selected barriers, assess their effectiveness and establish key performance indicators.
  3. Implementation & Operations - Implement the action plans, which include various types of inspections, routine monitoring, and testing.
  4. Measurement, Evaluation & Corrective Action - Evaluate inspection results, take additional measurements and implement corrective action as necessary.
  5. Management Review & Improvement - Complete a formal asset integrity review to establish that assets are fit for continued service. Establish the appropriate reassessment interval and identify modifications to the plan for the next cycle.

To meet our responsibilities as a conscientious, prudent operator and good neighbor, this process is standardized and applied across the entire asset base – not just with regulated assets. Our process ensures that we have a clear understanding of the risks associated with each asset throughout its lifecycle. Application of the process will allow us to manage and mitigate risks to reduce lifecycle costs, and ensure asset viability through the application of best industry practices.

Use of GIS and geospatial technology gives us the ability to integrate various types of inspections as well as track assessments and corrective actions. Our team can readily communicate information to internal stakeholders to ensure that all parties have the information they need to make informed decisions regarding business processes and performance.

“Our proactive approach to asset integrity management is essential to maintaining reliable and safe facilities, while protecting our employees and the surrounding communities. With our ESR team, we work closely with government agencies to ensure that our facilities continue to meet or exceed pipeline safety regulations, and our Asset Integrity team strives to create a culture of integrity throughout the company’s engineering and operations teams.”

Portrait of Hugo Guerrero, Senior Vice President, Technical Services

Hugo Guerrero,
Senior Vice President,
Technical Services

 

In 2018, our team added additional resources and capabilities to strengthen the program, including:

  • A Manager of Corrosion Engineering to guide field technicians in consistent application of industry leading practices, enhancing our understanding of corrosion-related threats;
  • An evaluation of Crestwood’s internal corrosion chemical inhibition program to improve spending focus and develop a plan for asset-specific threats;
  • Personnel additions to enhance pipeline routing expertise and help us proactively integrate hazard assessment into the route selection process, thereby eliminating expensive reroutes later in the project development and execution phases;
  • A “single source of truth” system for pipeline records and information management that is accessible to internal stakeholders and supports business requirements; and
  • New document production to identify gaps in construction and operational standards and procedures, and to ensure consistent practices company-wide.

Looking Ahead

Crestwood recognizes that we must not consider the development and implementation of an Asset Integrity Management process as a “one-and-done” solution. Our process is continually improving, and in the future, we will continue to evaluate and strategically employ new technologies. We will also continue to diligently monitor emerging regulatory impacts, as well as any population and physical changes along our pipeline rights-of-way.

Activities planned for 2019 include:

  • Completion and rollout of an updated suite of Engineering and Construction standards;
  • Completion of thorough baseline assessments for pipeline assets to fine-tune the chemical inhibition program;
  • Further expansion of the team to deliver centralized engineering technical resources to support both ongoing operational activities and pipeline capital projects; and
  • Revision of Crestwood’s Pipeline Integrity Management Plan for gas and liquids pipelines and the Mechanical Integrity Plan for PSM facilities to standardize inspections and assessments across all assets.

Crestwood is committed to being both proactive and comprehensive in the integrity management of our assets, and our 2019 report will define and communicate meaningful Asset Integrity key performance indicators.

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