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MMS Issues Notice to Lessees Regarding Pipeline Risers

The Minerals Management Services has issued NTL 2007-G14 to provide clarification and guidance for pipeline riser design, fabrication and installation under the platform verification program specified in 30 CFR 250.909 through 918.

Under 30 CFR 250.910(b)(1)(i) and (2)(i), pipeline risers connected to floating platforms are subject to the platform verification program as associated structures. The Minerals Management Service (MMS) Gulf of Mexico OCS Region (GOMR) has determined that new pipeline risers are subject to a separate verification process that necessitates the use of an independent Certified Verification Agent (CVA) specifically for the pipeline riser. These pipeline risers are a critical component of any floating platform proposal and must meet stringent requirements for design, fabrication, and installation. Accordingly, the MMS GOMR has developed guidelines for the pipeline riser verification process as part of the platform verification program.

For a copy of this NTL, contact Jessica Roger.