“The adoption of OneBridge’s software aligns with our 10-year natural gas delivery roadmap and digital transformation strategy. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning capabilities embedded in the solution will assist us to modernize and ensure we have a safe, reliable, affordable and clean gas system. Implementation of the software will also help us to execute on our vision of world class performance advancing the integrity management of our assets and addressing current and future regulatory operational compliance needs,” stated Holly Bowers, Consumers’ Executive Director of Gas Asset Management.
“We are very pleased to work with Consumers for a couple of reasons,” stated OneBridge VP of Sales, Dan Tipton. “While CIM has been implemented in mid-stream oil and gas pipeline operations, this marks the first instance where a gas utility company has embraced the solution for its different requirements. We look forward to future collaboration with Consumers to address the more stringent operating practices called for by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (“PHMSA”) new Mega Rule and are excited that CIM is providing innovative technology for this industry advancement.”
Brandon Taylor, OneSoft President and COO, stated, “Working with Consumers Energy through the production trial process has provided valuable insight for OneBridge, including a better understanding of how operators will need to adapt their current processes to comply with the Mega Rule future requirements. We anticipate that engaging with gas utility customers, and especially those who are taking a leading role to prepare for future PHMSA operating requirements, offers an expanded niche market for our solutions.”
The Mega Rule, As Applicable to Gas Operators
Termed the ‘Mega Rule’ because of its broad scope and considerable amount of pipeline involved (estimated 300,000 miles of onshore gas transmission lines), the rule imposes new requirements on those responsible for the pipelines. Operators will need to reconfirm the maximum allowable operating pressure and track specific material properties of these lines. In some cases this may be a relatively simple job of organizing and providing existing records; however, an estimated 168,000 miles of pipeline have not been tested and may need to be assessed for the first time to establish attributes such as diameter, wall thickness, seam type, grade and toughness. The Mega Rule also mandates a comprehensive system of risk-based integrity, repair, and validation practices and all operators must deliver clear and auditable records, which CIM functionality can provide as a proactive assessment program to assess and identify the integrity of gas transmission pipelines using a preventative maintenance approach. Prior to July 2020, operators were required to undertake pipeline integrity assessments in High Consequence Areas (“HCAs”) only and the Mega Rule mandates for the first time that some areas outside HCAs must also be included.
About Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy is the primary business of CMS Energy [NYSE:CMS-B], a major provider of natural gas, electric and power generation operations in the state of Michigan. Founded in Jackson, MI in 1886, Consumers Energy operates more than 27,000 miles of natural gas distribution pipeline and provides natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. The company has embarked on a 10-year strategy focused on delivering safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy, with protection of the environment as a key objective. Visit www.consumersenergy.com for more information.
OneSoft has developed software technology and products that have capability to transition legacy, on-premise licensed software applications to operate on the Microsoft [NASDAQ:MSFT] Azure Cloud Platform. Our business strategy is to seek opportunities to incorporate Data Science and Machine Learning, business intelligence and predictive analytics to create cost-efficient, subscription-based software-as-a-service solutions. Visit www.onesoft.ca for more information.
OneSoft’s wholly owned subsidiary, OneBridge Solutions, Inc., develops and markets revolutionary new SaaS solutions that use advanced Data Sciences and Machine Learning to analyze big data using predictive analytics to assist Oil & Gas pipeline operators to predict pipeline failures and thereby save lives, protect the environment, reduce operational costs and address regulatory compliance requirements. Visit www.onebridgesolutions.com for more information.
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