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Expanding APIA’s Pipeline Engineer Training Program – Offshore Competencies

Expanding APIA’s Pipeline Engineer Training Program – Offshore Competencies

In 2010 APIA published its Pipeline Engineer Competency Standards, which set out the definitions of competency across the breadth of pipeline engineering roles. It identified
230 Competencies and wrote up 91 of these in detail. However, these Competency Standards, while they left a place marker for offshore pipeline engineering, were focused
on onshore pipelines reflecting the bulk of APIA’s membership. Since then there has been increasing interest and involvement in APIA by the offshore industry, so much so
that a group of key offshore participants have banded together to identify the competencies needed for offshore pipeline engineering and draft them into a set of Competency Standards for offshore pipeline engineers.

What is noticeable is that while the competencies required by offshore pipeline engineers parallel those for onshore in many respects, in many more respects they are different, because many of the issues to be managed in the offshore setting differ greatly from those for onshore pipelines.
This paper outlines the background, and the process for developing the offshore Competency Standards, including the battery limits for offshore pipelines and the interface with onshore pipelines and offshore facilities, an overview of the offshore Competency Areas, the aspects where offshore and onshore pipelines are either similar or different and the state of progress of development of the Offshore Competency Standards.
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