Texas Pipeline Operators Bracing for Severe Winter Conditions, Regulator Issues Advice
Texas oil regulator, Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), on Jan. 29, 2023 issued a notice advising oil and gas pipeline operators to ensure their facilities and equipment were secure following forecast for severe weather several days ahead.
According to the oil and gas regulator’s notice, operators should secure all personnel, equipment and facilities to prevent any injury or damage while also monitoring and preparing operations for potential impacts.
"Significant icing possible due to freezing rain. Total ice accumulations of one-tenth to one quarter of an inch, particularly on elevated surfaces and bridges. Some sleet will be possible," the National Weather Service said in a forecast.
Apart from the regulator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, responsible for managing the majority of Texas' power grid, also issued a warning of a potential freezing precipitation event, which would affect the Panhandle, northern, western, and central regions of the state starting Monday and continuing through Thursday.
In February 2021, a devastating winter storm resulted in millions of Texans losing power, water, and heat for several days due to widespread shut downs of electric generation and gas pipelines operations.