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Fire Safety

Information of P&FM Pipeline Licence

Introduction

Under the Fire Safety (Petroleum and Flammable Materials) Regulations 2013, conveyance of Petroleum and Flammable Materials (P&FM) in pipelines is under the SCDF licensing control. Anyone who intends to convey P&FM in pipeline running outside premises boundaries is required to obtain a licence from SCDF. P&FM can pose fire risks and endanger life and property in the event of fire. Thus, there is a need for the licensing control and also to increase the safety measures put in place for the movement and distribution of P&FM in Singapore.

 

Licensable Products

Chemicals regulated under the Fire Safety (P&FM) Regulations 2013 are divided into three groups – petroleum, flammable materials and mixtures that contain petroleum and / or flammable materials.

 

  • Petroleum

Petroleum refers to hydrocarbons with carbon and hydrogen in its molecular structure.  This includes crude petroleum, liquefied petroleum gas and other naturally occurring hydrocarbons derived from crude petroleum, coal, shale, peat or other bituminous substances.

 

Petroleum products are further divided into the following classes:

  1. “Class O petroleum” means liquefied petroleum gas;
  2. “Class I petroleum” means any petroleum having a flashpoint of less than 23º C (74º F) but does not include Class O petroleum;
  3. “Class II petroleum” means any petroleum having a flashpoint of or exceeding 23º C but less than 60ºC (74 -140º F)
  4. “Class III petroleum” means any petroleum having a flashpoint of at least 60°C but not more than 93°C (140-199º F)

Class 0, I & II petroleum are regulated by SCDF. For Class III petroleum, diesel is the only licensable product.

 

  • Flammable Materials

Flammable materials are non-petroleum based.  It comes in solid, liquid or gaseous forms.  The regulated flammable materials are based on the gazetted list in the Fire Safety (P&FM) Regulation 2013. There are a total of 366 groups of chemicals in the current list. This list of flammable materials is subjected to review periodically.  Click on the link below to download. Complete List of Licensable Chemicals 2017 (Excel, 48.3 KB)

 

Submission Requirements For Petroleum & Flammable Materials Pipeline Licensing

Risk Category

Thickness Measurements

Visual External

High

1 Year

Monthly

Medium

5 Years

1 Year

Low

10 Years

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Risk Category

High Risk – For P&FM products with flash point less than 23°C
(Flash Point < 74°F) and is in gaseous state.

Medium Risk – For P&FM products with flash point between 23- 60°C
(74 ≤ Flash Point ≤ 140°F)

Low Risk - For P&FM products with flash point above 60 but not above 93°C
(140 < Flash Point > 199°F)

 

Any person who wishes to convey petroleum or flammable materials in pipelines running outside premises boundaries is required to obtain a pipeline license from SCDF.

 

  • Required Documents for New Pipeline Submission
  1. One copy of the Quantitative Risk Assessment;
  2. One copy of the Approved Plan indicating the location of the pipeline and the isolation valves;
  3. A copy of the Fire Safety Certificate;
  4. A copy of the Manufacturer's Reports;
  5. A copy of the Hydrostatic Test Report or other equivalent test report to be endorsed by Professional Engineer (Mechanical);
  6. A copy of the Radiographic Test Report or other equivalent test report to be endorsed by Professional Engineer (Mechanical);
  7. A copy of the Emergency Response Plan Acknowledgement Letter (ERP);
  8. A copy of the Risk Category Letter;
  9. Correspondent with FSSD with regards to the Fire Safety Regulation 29C and 29D;

*Note: Risk Category Letter – An official company letter indicating the risk category of the product running through the pipeline based on SS512 Section 12.7 Table 4.

 

 

  • Required Documents for Renewal Pipeline Submission
  1. A copy Thickness Test Report or other equivalent test report to be endorsed by Professional Engineer (Mechanical) based on the risk category declared;
  2. A copy of the Emergency Response Plan Acknowledgement Letter (ERP);

 

  • Required Documents for Termination of Pipeline Submission
  1. A letter to declare the decommission of pipeline is safe and is purged and certified it is clean;

 

Licence Validity Period

A licence validity period of 1 year is given.

 

  • For more information on Pipeline matters, you may contact the following:

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Last updated on 29th May 2017