Evaluate Existing Methods of Pressure Testing to Assess the Integrity of Temporary Surface Pipelines moving Low Quality Water


PTAC is seeking a proposal to evaluate existing methods of pressure testing to assess the integrity of temporary surface pipelines moving low quality alternative water sources.


The AER has released an updated “draft” version of Directive 077 which will allow industry to transfer low-quality non-saline and saline waters in temporary surface pipelines (TSP’s).  An important component of this new directive will be an assurance that the integrity of these TSP’s is maintained throughout the operation. Current direction requires the surveillance/monitoring to be live supervised and have active surveillance (walking the line) when pressurized.  Integrity can also be confirmed using various methods including physical and aerial surveillance and inline pressure monitoring.

This proposal requests that vendors review and evaluate available methods – and/or develop new methods – to test for leaks in TSP’s and their connections during water transfer operations.

Scope of Work

The scope of work shall include:

  1. Review of literature and industry experience to identify where and how alternative water sources are being conveyed for hydraulic fracturing operations in other jurisdictions.
    1. For each identified case study, define the regulatory requirements that the operator is required to follow to monitor for leaks in TSP’s and their connections
  2. For existing transfers of non-saline (i.e., fresh water) and alternative water sources, what methods are being used to identify leaks?
    1. Once identified, determine if these methods would also be suitable for conveyance of low-quality water sources
  3. Given these existing methods of monitoring, what size of hole in the TSP would be detectable with visual observations and passive techniques (i.e., what volume of fluid loss could be released before a leak is detected and the line depressurized)?
  4. Compare efficacy of supervised/active surveillance to detect holes/leaks compared to a passive device.
  5. Linked to no. 3 above, what spacing of monitoring devices is required to detect a leak with no more than 1-2 m3 of fluid loss?
    1. Can monitoring devices be linked together so that a pre-defined loss in pressure/line volume can automatically shut down the water transfer equipment?
  1. Given existing and emerging methods of TSP leak detection, what barriers, if any, exist to replacing visual inspections with mechanical/automated devices?

Project Deliverables

The vendor is required to submit to the PTAC champion a short form report of its findings and include a section on recommendations for use of existing methods and emerging methods that if/once developed could provide enhanced leak detection in TSP’s.  Once the report has been approved by the project champion, the vendor will be required to deliver a 1-to-2-hour presentation to the PTAC and CAPP water committees.

Project Timelines

The draft report is to be delivered to the project champion within 4 months of the project being awarded.

Proposal(s) Outline

The requested proposal or proposals should contain a very short description of the PTAC project and scope of work, CV or statement of qualifications and short excerpts of reports written by the applicant. The proposal document, which should be no more than 5 pages in length must address the following elements and must be delivered electronically to PTAC by the deadline stated below:

  • Scope of work
  • Methodology
  • Deliverables
  • Budget and execution schedules – including uncertainties or risks associated with project costs or timelines
  • Personnel assigned to the project
  • Qualifications (including those related to catalyst analysis knowledge and experience)
  • Disclosure of co-funding agreements or partnerships
  • Confirmation of professional or operational liability insurance
  • Requested payment schedule, if any.

It is anticipated that there will be ongoing communication with PTAC and the technical steering committee throughout the project. The proposal should include components for each stage with milestones, the project schedule, proposed costs and relevant expertise of the applicant’s proposed team.

Submit your proposal online at https://auprf.ptac.org/2022-rfp-application/

RFP Schedule

July 19, 2022               RFP Issue Date

October 28, 2022     Deadline for submission to PTAC – by 4 p.m. MT

November 2022   Proposal(s) selected

Selection Process

PTAC has formed a Committee for this project composed of industry stakeholders with relevant expertise.

All submitted proposals will be provided to the Committee for review. The Committee will determine if proposals meet the requirements herein and provide an overall ranking based on Contractor qualifications and on proposal quality.

Once a selection of the best proposal according to the Committee has been made, all submission contacts will be notified by email of the outcome of their individual proposal. The project final report will be shared on the PTAC website upon completion of the project.

Conditions of this Request and Process

  1. Failure to Enter into Agreement

If a selected proponent fails to execute the Agreement or satisfy any pre-conditions of award within fifteen (15) days of notice of selection, PTAC may, without incurring any liability, proceed with the selection of another proponent and pursue all other remedies available to the organization.

  1. RFP Incorporated into Proposal

All of the provisions of this RFP are deemed to be accepted by each proponent and incorporated into each proponent’s proposal. A proponent who submits conditions, options, variations or contingent statements inconsistent with the terms set out in this RFP either as part of its proposal or after receiving notice of selection, may be disqualified. If a proponent is not disqualified despite such changes or qualifications, the provisions of this RFP will prevail over any such changes or qualifications in the proposal.

  1. Proponents to Follow Instructions

Proponents should structure their proposals in accordance with the instructions in this RFP. Where information is requested in this RFP, any response made in a proposal should reference the applicable section of this RFP. Failure to follow these instructions may result in the proposal being disqualified.

  1. Past Performance In the evaluation process

PTAC and the committee may consider the proponent’s past performance or conduct on previous contracts with the organization or other institutions.

  1. Proponents to Bear Their Own Costs

The proponent will bear all costs associated with or incurred in the preparation and presentation of its proposal, including, if applicable, costs incurred for interviews or demonstrations.

  1. No Guarantee of Volume of Work or Exclusivity of Contract

Unless otherwise expressly stated in the RFP, PTAC makes no guarantee of the value or volume of work to be assigned to the successful proponent. The Agreement may not be an exclusive contract for the provision of the described Deliverables. PTAC may contract with others for goods and services the same as or similar to the Deliverables or may obtain such goods and services by other means.

Contact Information

Lorie Mayes                                                                            Tannis Such
Tel.: 403-218-7707                                                                  Tel.: 403-218-7703
Email: lmayes@ptac.org                                                        Email: tsuch@ptac.org