Safety and pollution prevention equipment quality assurance requirements.
(a) General requirements.(1) Except as provided in paragraph (b)(1) of this section, you may install only certified safety and pollution prevention equipment (SPPE) in wells located on the OCS. SPPE includes the following:
(i) Surface safety valves (SSV) and actuators;
(ii) Underwater safety valves (USV) and actuators; and
(iii) Subsurface safety valves (SSSV) and associated safety valve locks and landing nipples.
(2) Certified SPPE is equipment the manufacturer certifies as manufactured under a quality assurance program MMS recognizes. MMS considers all other SPPE as noncertified. MMS recognizes two quality assurance programs:
(i) ANSI/ASME SPPE-1-1994 and SPPE-1d-1996 Addenda, Quality Assurance and Certification of Safety and Pollution Prevention Equipment Used in Offshore Oil and Gas Operations; and
(ii) API Spec Q1, Specification for Quality Programs for the Petroleum, Petrochemical and Natural Gas Industry (incorporated by reference as specified in § 250.198 ).
(3) All SSV's and USV's must meet the technical specifications of API Spec 6A and 6AV1. All SSSVs must meet the technical specifications of API Specification 14A (incorporated by reference as specified in § 250.198 ). However, SSSVs and related equipment planned to be used in high pressure high temperature environments must meet the additional requirements set forth in § 250.807.
(4) For information on all standards mentioned in this section, see § 250.198.
(b) Use of noncertified SPPE.(1) Before April 1, 1998, you may continue to use and install noncertified SPPE if it was in your inventory as of April 1, 1988, and was included in a list of noncertified SPPE submitted to MMS prior to August 29, 1988.
(2) On or after April 1, 1998:
(i) You may not install additional noncertified SPPE; and
(ii) When noncertified SPPE that is already in service requires offsite repair, remanufacturing, or hot work such as welding, you must replace it with certified SPPE.
(c) Recognizing other quality assurance programs. The MMS will consider recognizing other quality assurance programs covering the manufacture of SPPE. If you want MMS to evaluate other quality assurance programs, submit relevant information about the program and reasons for recognition by MMS to the Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs; Minerals Management Service; MS-4020; 381 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817.
[62 FR 42671, Aug. 8, 1997. Redesignated at 63 FR 29479, May 29, 1998, as amended at 63 FR 37068, July 9, 1998; 65 FR 76935, Dec. 8, 2000; 72 FR 12096, Mar. 15, 2007; 73 FR 20171, Apr. 15, 2008; 75 FR 1279, Jan. 11, 2010; 75 FR 22226, Apr. 28, 2010]
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