Distribution Integrity Management Program
Unlock the hidden business value
Efficiency in Pipeline Integrity Management (PIM) practices has a significant impact on the ability of a gas utility to create shareholder
value. Aspects of PIM such as leaks and incidents not only increase the cost of operations but also impair the revenue earning potential.
Furthermore, efficient PIM practices can enhance the economic life of pipeline assets, thereby increasing the total lifecycle business value
realization from pipeline infrastructure investments. The non-prescriptive nature of the Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP)
regulation provides a tremendous opportunity for gas utilities to innovate and develop a plan with a strong focus on business value creation
imperative for gas utilities to transcend
beyond structural integrity management to adopt a more comprehensive approach, encompassing dimensions of operational maturity to
predict, prevent and mitigate risks and the associated commercial implications to the business.
Priorities of DIMP and PIM Framework
How do I create a DIMP strategy and roadmap and maximize
the ROI on DIMP investments?
How do I create a business case and prioritize my DIMP
initiatives so that the shareholder value is maximized?
Do I have data, information and knowledge about my pipeline
system to objectively measure, monitor and assess risks?
Do I have a comprehensive set of metrics to predict risks? Are
these metrics driving my operational decisions?
Is my leak management system capable of effectively detecting,
tracking and monitoring leaks?
Do I have comprehensive documentation of digitized records
and trends of pipeline integrity metrics?
Are my engineering and IT systems seamlessly integrated to
ensure data integrity and enable visualization of risks to my
Architecting a Value-based DIMP Roadmap
Every utility is unique in terms of its capability
to manage risks to pipeline integrity; a cookie-
cutter approach to developing a DIMP plan
can at best be sub-optimal and a quick-fix
solution. The solution lies in designing a
well thought-out customized DIMP program,
which addresses the specific challenges and
long-term business priorities of each utility,
leading to creation of shareholder value
while meeting and exceeding the regulatory
objectives. Our solution framework, takes into
consideration not just the health of the pipeline
system but also the capability/ maturity of
the PIM processes in terms of its ability to
predict and prevent risks. In addition, our
VRMTM methodology helps in linking the
DIMP initiatives with financial and operational
levers, creating a clear line of sight of how the
initiatives drive shareholder value creation.