Our employees drive the continuous review and improvement of operations to ensure we meet or exceed our safety and reliability goals.

Pipeline Integrity Management Program

Safety and environmental performance are Koch Pipeline Company’s top priorities. Ensuring the mechanical integrity of the pipeline systems we operate helps us to protect people and the environment, while meeting the needs of our customers.

Our Pipeline Integrity Management Program is an integral part of achieving this goal and complying with applicable laws and regulations. The program assists us in preventing releases, educating the public about pipeline safety and identifying and implementing improvements to our operations.

In addition, our program helps us protect the public by identifying sections of our pipeline systems that could affect High Consequence Areas. HCAs are defined in federal regulations as populated areas, commercially navigable waterways, and areas that are unusually sensitive to environmental damage. KPL makes special considerations for HCAs when developing and implementing release prevention and spill mitigation processes.

Components of our Integrity Management Program include:

Release Prevention

The following practices and procedures are among many that we have developed to ensure safe and reliable pipeline operations:

Assess and monitor

  • Using satellite technology, the pipelines are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by employees in our pipeline control center in Wichita, Kansas
  • Pipeline conditions are evaluated by regularly scheduled aerial patrols
  • Surveys are conducted to evaluate changing conditions on the pipeline right-of-way caused by waterways, erosion and soil subsidence, or by unauthorized excavation and construction activity

Integrity testing and inspection

  • In-line inspections are performed with high-resolution in-line equipment capable of detecting corrosion, dents and other integrity concerns in our pipelines
  • Pressure testing is done to confirm safe operation at normal pressures
  • Inspection data are evaluated and, if necessary, an investigation is conducted to determine the effectiveness of our release prevention activities

Corrosion prevention

  • A coating is applied to the outer pipe surface before it is buried and this is combined with cathodic protection ― an electrical process using metal rods that draw corrosion away from the pipe ― to help reduce corrosion from external sources
  • In pipelines that transport products containing water, a corrosion inhibitor chemical is injected and internal cleaning is performed to reduce damage inside the pipe

Routine pipeline inspection and maintenance

  • Routine inspection and maintenance of pipeline equipment ensure reliability of our systems
  • Training and qualification programs are completed by employees to  maintain the knowledge needed to operate and maintain the integrity of our pipeline systems

Community Outreach and Education

The following community outreach and education initiatives are done to educate the public about pipeline safety:

  • Mail pipeline awareness and education information, including brochures, annually to our neighbors
  • Work with excavators to prevent damage that may lead to a spill
  • Meet with local law enforcement and fire personnel to discuss emergency response plans and educate them about our pipeline systems
  • Conduct emergency response drills with local emergency response organizations near our pipelines to ensure preparedness
  • Communicate with local public officials on land use decisions near pipeline right-of-ways that may affect pipeline safety

Program Evaluation and Improvement

  • KPL has a culture of continuous improvement. We routinely conduct audits to assess the effectiveness of our integrity management program and identify improvement opportunities.