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I wish to seek our take on this loophole in API 1104
Scenario: welders/operators where qualified for a pipeline project, along the line the project was stopped (either covid19 or communal issue in that area). So the the welders has stayed at home for more than 8months without welding.
What is API 1104 stand on this (cos I check 20th edition and nothing much about requalification)
The Owner (the Company) would be the "last" word on the subject.
If I'm not mistaken, the welder usually is qualified by each employer before going on the firing line. Then, the completed joints are subject to UT or RT, so every weld is a "test". If a problem is identified, the welder can be required to retest whenever there is a reason to question his skill.
The owner has last say, but the owners do not even care, all the need is complete our work let's go...
So the contractors will do what is in their mind (pocket friendly)
I guess it boils down to whether you perceive a problem with the welder's skill.
All you can do is report the situation to the Owner.
Al is correct. API 1104 is silent except for that one point. If you question the welders ability. And the way pipe lines are run the chief inspector is boss. If you get on his/her bad side, he has just questioned your ability to make sound welds. Also, Mid stream companies here in the Houston area i.e. Kinder-Morgan, Magellan have it in their specs that a welder needs to retest after 6 months. No matter if they are welding at the time or not.
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