CEN, the European Committee for Standardisation, has voted unanimously to approve a landmark new European Standard (EN 16753) for the periodic inspection and testing of seamless high pressure gas cylinders while they remain in situ.
The roll-out is being led by Chesterfield Special Cylinders’ (CSC) specialist integrity management team, which pioneered the new standard by co-writing BS 8562, on which EN 16753 is based. It is carrying out inspections and tests across the EU on high pressure tubes which cannot be removed for reasons of downtime or budget.
The new standard covers tubes of 150 litres to 3,000 litres used for compressed gases and was created in response to industry concerns over safety. Companies in the gas, oil, maritime and storage sectors across the EU will adopt EN 16753 to ensure their gas cylinder installations are inspected and tested according to best practice, lengthening asset service life, saving significant budgets and slashing downtime.
Experts hail EN 16753 as standardising best practice for in situ tubes, which will see a huge improvement in their performance and safety due to their being properly inspected and tested.
“Like British Standard 8562, EN 16753 is a non-destructive examination and testing regime that saves significant budgets and drastically cuts downtime because the tubes are inspected and tested wherever they are installed,” comments CSC integrity management director Stephen Butler. “It ensures cylinders are tested in situ to the same level as they would if removed.
“There has been a long-standing concern over tubes whose removal is impractical. A lack of detailed examination and re-test criteria can lead to insufficient or unsuitable written schemes of work, which can create safety issues.
“All oil, gas, storage and maritime companies working within EU member states can now adopt this standard and be assured that their safety-critical gas installations are receiving the inspection and testing they require to maintain optimum operating and safety levels.”
Stephen Butler enthuses about the promise that EN 16753 holds: “The fact that the CEN committee voted unanimously to adopt EN 16753 shows the significance of the standard. It is already saving budgets while delivering an extended and productive operating life for these safety-critical installations.
“The CSC Integrity Management team has already been deployed globally, from The Bahamas to Singapore, to implement the originating BS standard and we anticipate a surge in demand from EU-based companies.”