Safety is PennEast’s highest priority. When constructing and operating the PennEast Pipeline, PennEast will adopt design features and practices that meet or exceed stringent pipeline industry and regulatory standards. This includes testing welds, using state-of-the-art corrosion protection systems, regular leak surveys and 24/7 monitoring.
- Independent, third-party inspectors hired by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be on site throughout pipeline construction to ensure overall safety, as well as compliance with permits, regulations and industry best practices.
- A special coating to prevent corrosion will be placed inside and outside on the high-strength, carbon steel that forms the pipeline.
- Prior to being placed into service, PennEast will conduct an X-ray of all welds and a hydrostatic pressure test will be conducted at pressures that well exceed the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) to ensure all welds can tolerate the designed operating pressures.
- PennEast’s Gas Control Center will continuously monitor (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) gas pressure and flow in the pipeline.
- In addition to meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements of Main Line Valve (MLV) spacing specified by the PHMSA, PennEast will install remotely operated valves at each new MLV site.
- PennEast will train and coordinate with first response agencies along the Project route, starting with communicating construction plans and expanding into training and coordination during ongoing operations.
Learn more about how PennEast will incorporate safety into construction and design plans, operational monitoring and maintenance, emergency response and more here.