Natural gas pipelines are the safest energy transportation system in the United States. We’re committed to making them even safer.
National Grid is guided by an Integrity Management Program (IMP), developed through the cooperation of industry experts, from both within and outside of National Grid, and meets or exceeds all federal requirements. The primary goal is to continuously improve safety by identifying, assessing, and managing risks to natural gas pipelines.
Here is how we achieve that goal:
- Build upon our already extensive integrity management programs to meet or exceed new federal IMP regulations Identify pipelines in the IMP to federal and state regulators
- Use of the best technologies available to continually assess pipeline integrity through leakage surveys, monitoring of our corrosion prevention technologies, and other such programs
- Use of up to three different assessment methods to assure that we identify any areas of concern, which are prioritized and managed according to established and approved engineering practices
- Damage prevention methods including ongoing patrols, construction inspection, periodic reassessments, and active participation in state-wide damage prevention programs
- Communications plans to inform and educate the public, emergency responders, and other officials about gas pipelines, their safety and integrity, and how all parties can contribute to even greater gas pipeline safety