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SWG-2021-00708 - Houston Pipe Line Company, LLC - Gulf of Mexico - Kenedy, Kleberg, and Willacy Counties, Texas

USACE Galveston District
Published July 6, 2023
Expiration date: 8/7/2023

Public Notice          Project Plans

The applicant proposes to decommission-in-place the entire Padre Island Pipeline System, which includes:  the 68.0-mile length of 20-inch pipeline known as PSN ME800158, the 2.2-mile length of 10-inch lateral pipeline known as PSN ME20000074, and the 0.42-mile length of 10-inch lateral pipeline known as the southern lateral.  The applicant has stated that the proposed project would not result in either temporary or permanent impacts to the sea floor.  The applicant states that full removal of this pipeline system would cause significant disturbance and ecological damage to the seafloor and would introduce an unnecessary safety risk to personnel involved in the removal operations.  In accordance with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement 30 CFR 250.1750, pipeline decommissioning requirements, the applicant proposes to perform the following:  1) Disconnect from the previous service platform and subsea tie-in connections; 2) Flush the lines by pigging and fill with seawater to equalize the line pressure; 3) Plug each end of the pipeline segments; and 4) Cover each end with a protective concrete mat and confirm the depth of cover.

The proposed duration for the decommissioning operations on shore within the Padre Island National Seashore are expected not to exceed 5 working days with equipment and personnel limited to a 60- x 60-foot temporary workspace.