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BP GS 43-311

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BP GS 43-311
This GIS provides requirements for plain-end submerged arc welded (SAW) and combination gas metal arc weld
and submerged arc welded steel line pipe manufactured to product specification level (PSL) 2

Vendor, steel maker, plate mill, and pipe mill shall operate a quality management system (QMS) which ensures t
requirements of this GIS can be met reliably and consistently

The effectiveness of the QMS shall be subject to monitoring by BP and may be audited following an agreed perio

BP personnel shall have access, at any reasonable time, to the steelmaking, casting, dressing, rolling, pipemaking,
other processes connected with the production of a pipe order

API RP 5LT Recommended Practice for Truck Transportation of Linepipe.

ASME BPVC Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Sec II Materials Pt C Specifications for Welding Rods
Electrodes and Filler Metals
EFC 16 Materials Requirements for Carbon and Low Alloy Steels for H2S Containing Environments
Oil and Gas Production
Steel shall not be made by open hearth process

Steel shall be fully killed and vacuum degassed. Vendors may offer alternative treatments to vacuum degassing,
acceptance shall be subject to approval by the BP Materials and Welding engineer.

If the steel, slabs, plate, and pipe are not processed in an integrated facility, the name and location of each
manufacturing plant involved shall be declared in the bid
Slab for plate rolling shall be produced by a continuous casting process that shall include precautions to minimise
occurrence of centreline segregation. Other casting processes may be offered for consideration by the BP Materi
and Welding Engineer
All surfaces of the slab shall be inspected visually for defects and scarfing shall be carried out, if necessary, to
produce an acceptable surface for rolling

Each plate shall be inspected visually and tested ultrasonically in accordance with Annex E or Annex K, as
appropriate, to ensure freedom from laminations and/or major clusters of inclusions.

Strip/plate end welds in helical pipe shall not be allowed

The root face shall be 1,5 mm 0,5 mm

Hydrostatic testing shall be carried out on the pipe in its final condition and before final inspectio

Areas where visual inspection is to be carried out shall have a minimum illumination level of 500 l

The person responsible for the preparation of inspection procedures and supervision of inspectio
activities shall be qualified to ASNT SNT TC 1A Level 3 or equivalent as accepted by the BP respons
After end preparation, at least three pipes per shift shall be suitably etched in the weld zone to
confirm that the requirements of 9.13.3 have been met.
A unique internal mill control pipe number, traceable to the original heat number and hydrostatic/N
test records, shall be allocated sequentially and marked on the plate or coil before pipe forming
The MPS shall include all factors that influence the quality and reliability of production. In particul
the MPS shall include:
1. Steel maker and plant at which steel is produced.
2. Steelmaking process and nominal weight of each heat.
3. Any techniques proposed for desulphurising or degassing.
4 Limits on heat and product analysis, including residual elements, to be placed on steel maker
5. Any techniques proposed for inclusion shape control and methods used to minimise segregatio
and limits on inclusion control parameter.
6. Casting technique and size and weight of ingots, slabs, or skelps.
7. Slab inspection and conditioning (e.g., scarfing).
8. Slab soaking, holding, and plate finish working temperatures (with tolerances and method of
9. Rolling reductions and working temperatures (with tolerances and method of control).
10. Method of controlling thickness of finished plate.
11. Any cooling rate limitations or heat treatments on rolled plates.
12. Nominal size of discard from plate edges and ends.
13. Plate visual and ultrasonic testing techniques, coverage, and acceptance criteria.
14. Method of calibrating plate ultrasonic testing and frequency of calibrations.

The welded seam shall be X radiographed and wet magnetic particle tested internally and externa
for longitudinal and transverse defects along its full length and assessed against the requirements
this GIS
Mechanical test requirements of 9 shall be met additionally by test pieces taken from a section of
pipe after a heat treatment of 1 hour at 600C 10C (1,110F 18F) or other appropriate PWH
temperature agreed with the BP responsible engineer
Repairs by welding after cold expansion or hydrostatic test shall not be allowed.
A maximum of three areas of weld repair per pipe shall be allowed
The distance between two adjacent repairs shall not be less than 150 mm

After end preparation, ultrasonic inspection using compression wave techniques in accordance with
approved procedure shall be carried out on both ends of each pipe in a full circumferential band
least 50 mm (2 in) wide to ensure freedom from laminations

Wet magnetic particle inspection shall be carried out in accordance with an approved procedure o
the finished end bevels and on internal and external weld surfaces within 200 mm (8 in) of the pi
Real time radiographic inspection techniques (e.g., fluoroscopy) shall not be used for final
assessment of weld quality but may be used for mill control inspection
Porosity or inclusions appearing on the radiograph within 50 mm (2 in) of the pipe end shall be
considered defects

No repair shall be carried out within 200 mm (8 in) from the pipe end.

Audible warning of loss of coupling between probes and the pipe

To minimise inaccuracies in automatic ultrasonic inspection during production, the following
verifications shall be carried out before any production run:
1. The calibration pipe shall be passed through the system at least 10 times to demonstrate the
repeatability of reflector response signals.