The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is urging engineers to be cautious when installing boilers in natural gas pipelines.
A new report released by ASME says there is no scientific evidence to support the idea that installing boilable gas can cause significant safety issues.
However, ASME’s safety director, Paul Mancini, said there is “some evidence that it could”.
“There is some evidence that there may be a risk,” he told The Australian Financial Review.
“But it’s too early to be confident about that.”
Manci said the report does not consider the safety implications of piping gas through a natural gas pipeline.
The new report said the industry had failed to provide the right advice to its customers.
“While the industry has taken steps to address some of the issues identified in the report, it has failed to demonstrate how these steps are effective,” it said.
Ensure that it complies with the safety requirements of the US Department of Energy, which regulates the conduct of all major natural gas transmission pipelines. “
In order to ensure that these concerns are addressed, ASCE urges the industry to: 1.
Ensure that it complies with the safety requirements of the US Department of Energy, which regulates the conduct of all major natural gas transmission pipelines.
Ensure it ensures that its pipework is adequately insulated and ventilated.
Ensure its pipelines are properly ventilated.”
MANCI said the ASCE is also concerned that the current regulatory framework for natural gas supply and distribution is not adequately protecting the public.
“This regulatory framework should include a requirement for the gas supplier to ensure the pipeline infrastructure is safe and that the pipework, piping, and piping equipment is properly ventilated and insulated,” he said.
The ASCE has urged all natural gas pipework suppliers to ensure they are fully insulated and insulated at all times.
ASCE said the current US safety standards for piping and piping infrastructure should also be considered.
“It is also important that the ASMEs own regulatory framework, as well as those of the industry, are fully updated to ensure there is sufficient safety for the people of the community and the public,” the report said. AAP