Why must I submit pipeline data to the NPMS?

The NPMS program began in 1999 and was populated with data that was voluntarily submitted by pipeline facility operators. Effective October 1, 2015 the Pipeline Safety Miscellaneous Changes to Pipeline Safety Regulations required operators of certain pipeline facilities to submit geospatial, metadata, and attribute data to the NPMS. Section 191.29 of Title 49 in the code of federal regulations pertains to gas transmission pipeline and LNG plant operators and Section 195.61 pertains to hazardous liquid pipeline and breakout tank operators. This rule replaces the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 as the NPMS requirement to submit. This information collection has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and is referenced under OMB Control Number 2137-0596. Full details about the submission requirements are documented in the NPMS Operator Submission Standards.

PHMSA issued an advisory bulletin in February 2003 that explained operators’ responsibility to submit data and gave instructions on how to submit data. Several points in the advisory bulletin have changed and are summarized below:

  • Submit all pipeline facility data in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the NPMS Operator Standards document. Use the Operator Submission and Validation Environment OSAVE to upload submissions and perform other submission related activities. OSAVE is accessible to pipeline operators using their NPMS Account.
    • For all hazardous liquid and gas transmission pipeline systems, a complete data submission includes geospatial data, attribute data, metadata, a cover letter, and public contact information. OSAVE collects the cover letter, metadata and public contact information through a single workflow.
    • For all liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants or breakout tanks, a complete data submission includes geospatial data, attribute data, and a cover letter (with metadata).
  • On an annual basis, operators are required to fulfill the NPMS submission requirement by reviewing their previously submitted NPMS data and confirming it is accurate, or submitting updates, to reflect operations as of 12/31 of the previous year. NPMS submissions are required from gas transmission and LNG plant operators every year by March 15th, and from hazardous liquid and breakout tank operators every year by June 15th.
  • Operators can review their NPMS data via the OSAVE application. Additionally, hazardous liquid and gas transmission operators can also review their public contact information in OSAVE.

For additional details regarding the NPMS submission process and required components for a specific type of asset/facility (i.e. pipelines, LNG, or breakout tanks), operators should refer to the corresponding webpages page under the Pipeline Operator section of the NPMS website.