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Natural Gas Stakeholders Devise Consensus Standard for Excess-Flow Valves

Members of federal and state regulatory agencies, utility companies, excess-flow valve manufacturers, and the plastic and gas industries have developed ASTM F 2138, Standard Specification for Excess-Flow Valves for Natural Gas Service.

Peter Collette, manager, Gas System and Plants, Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G), has 35 years in the field and explained what Standard F 2138 offers. “The users (utility companies) will be assured that any excess flow valves (EFVs) that have this standard designation have been developed and tested under standardized methods,” he e-mailed from his office in Newark, N.J. “It will make it easier for the users to compare products and will insure the manufacturers that there is a level playing field to market their products.”

The group followed ASTM International’s democratic balloting process to agree on standard requirements and test methods for F 2138 that evaluate EFVs. Utility and regulatory personnel believed the industry needed a consensus standard developed by a broad range of stakeholders, Collette said, since the only existing EFV reference is a manufacturer’s specification.

The group operated within ASTM Subcommittee F17.60 on Gas, part of ASTM Committee F17 on Plastic Pipe Systems. They arrived at a standard specification “that all parties could live with but still met the needs of the users,” Collette said. “The fact that the standard was developed under ASTM consensus process will (most likely) result in it being referenced by the federal government in the regulations that govern the natural gas industry.”

For more information, contact Peter R. Collette, PSE&G, Newark, N.J. (phone: 973/430-7827). Committee F17 meets April 15-18 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Nov. 4-7 in Miami Beach. For meeting or membership details, contact Pat Picariello, manager, ASTM Technical Committee Operations (phone: 610/832-9720). //

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