Many oil and natural gas companies, pipeline operators, fuel distribution and delivery firms, and other owners and operators of oil and natural gas infrastructure, as well as the government agencies that regulate them in some respect, are seeking cost-effective ways to make these infrastructure systems more resilient against cyber and physical threats as well as severe weather events. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather “relevant consensus-based codes, specifications, and standards” and other pertinent materials to provide guidance for enhancing the physical and operational resilience of these systems and their components against such events.
Gathering this information will enable existing expert knowledge on this subject to be synthesized and made broadly available to interested policy officials and other decision-makers. Organizing existing knowledge in this way will also help identify important information gaps that can then be addressed through targeted research and development activities and through emergency preparedness actions by government agencies and the private sector.
Comments in response to this RFI are due on or before August 23, 2019, and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘‘Guidance for Enhancing Oil and Natural Gas Resilience’’ in the subject line. Comments, data, and other information submitted to DOE electronically should be provided in PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, WordPerfect, or text (ASCII) file format.
For further information, contact: David Meyer, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity, at (202) 586-3876 or by email.
For a copy of this RFI from the Federal Register, contact Jessica Foley.