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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare for the movement of product throughout the pipeline network 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119310  Prepare for the movement of product throughout the pipeline network 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Rail and Pipeline Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The learner credited with this unit standard will be able to prepare for the movement of product throughout the pipeline network correctly and timeously, thereby ensuring the timeous and safe start-up of the pipeline network, thus contributing positively to the Southern African economy.

This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the pipeline operations.

The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the Pipeline Transport environment. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication NQF L3
  • Mathematical literacy NQF L3
  • Electrical Safety Certification (Remote HT Switching)
  • Computer literacy NQF level 2 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • This unit standard includes the utilisation of high- and low-pressure manifolds.
  • This unit standard excludes the start-up and shut-down of the pipeline.
  • This unit standard includes the remote operation of pipeline equipment, manual or automatic (sequence) via a tele-control system or verbal instruction via any other communication system 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Communicate all relevant information as to the status of the pipeline network regarding the preparation for product movement to all role players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Communication systems are tested for functionality and availability. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Communication systems can include, but is not limited to telephone, fax, tele-control, Operations Management System (OMS), radio, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The presence of the staff at the supply station, receiving stations, their clients and manually operated depots is confirmed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Product movement information, depot and route status are communicated and confirmed to relevant role players timeously as per company-specific operations procedures, policies and instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Product movement information can include, but is not limited to product type, volume to be taken in/delivered, client supplying/receiving, start-up time, expected time of arrival of product/pigs/spheres, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sub-standard conditions are identified, rectified, reported and recorded timeously to relevant role players using available systems as per company-specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Relevant documentation is completed accurately and timeously as per company-specific operations procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Reporting is done correctly and timeously as per company-specific operations procedures, policies and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Use company operating systems and software to control pipeline equipment and routes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Applicable Operating Systems are identified and logged on correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Operating system is used effectively to control pipeline equipment for pre-startup checks and line up of routes in accordance with company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Displayed information is verified for accuracy and validity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sub-standard conditions are identified, reported and recorded to relevant role players timeously using available systems as per company-specific instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Extract, capture, verify, adjust, calculate and record data from applicable information systems onto applicable documents relevant to the preparation of product movement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Applicable information system is identified and logged on correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Specific information system is utilised effectively to extract and capture relevant information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Extracted and captured information is verified for accuracy and validity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sub-standard conditions are identified, reported and recorded to relevant role players timeously using available systems as per company-specific instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Product volume adjustments are performed as per operations notice and company-specific orders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Switching and early-expected change of product times after start-up are calculated, recorded and communicated to relevant role players timeously as per company-specific policies, procedures and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform remote depot(s) and route check for product movement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Depot(s) and route check is/are performed correctly and timeously as per company-specific operations procedures, policies and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sub-standard conditions are identified, reported, rectified and recorded as per company-specific operations procedures, policies and instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Prepare pipeline equipment and line up the product movement route. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Pipeline equipment is prepared for product movement as per company-specific operations procedures, policies and instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pipeline equipment can include, but is not limited to control room fan, lube oil systems, purge air fans, equipment in correct control mode.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Route(s) is/are lined up correctly as per distribution requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Depot(s) and route status is/are confirmed for correct line-up as per distribution requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Pump stages are determined according to the pipeline flow requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Sub-standard conditions are identified, rectified, reported and recorded as per company-specific operations procedures, policies and instructions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that has been accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be registered and accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
  • Moderation of assessment will be done by the relevant ETQA as prescribed.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be certified as competent against this unit standard and registered as an assessor to assess this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Pipeline network layout
  • The purpose, function and completion of the log-sheet
  • Shut-down pressure trends
  • Operating of specific computer systems (including the logging on) and software
  • Codes pertaining to operation notices, depots, companies, products
  • Verification of company orders
  • Product batch numbering system and advancement
  • Line fills
  • Relevance of expected time of arrivals of products, switch times, pigs/spheres, and transmixtures
  • Calculator settings and functions
  • Identification, reporting and clearing of defective pipeline equipment
  • The purpose and function of work permits and the requests thereof
  • Temporary instructions pertaining to pipeline operations
  • The purpose and completion of the shift hand-over book
  • Pipeline operations limitations
  • Operation of pipeline equipment
  • Preparation for product movement policies, procedures and instructions
  • Operation and testing of company communications systems
  • Communication protocols
  • Sub-standard identification related to the product movement
  • Sub-standard reporting procedure
  • Emergency/contingency plans
  • Relevant extracts from:
    OHS Act and regulations
    Environmental Act 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    Learner and societal development
    Learners can understand the importance of:
  • Safety in the workplace, as well as in the whole environment
  • Being a team player in the work environment and in society
  • Communicating effectively in the work environment and in society
  • Their responsibility for the safety and well-being of fellow-workers and society at large
  • The impact of petroleum product spillages on the environment
  • The impact that delayed pipeline operations has on the economy 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem-solving
    Learners can solve problems with regard to:
  • Equipment failures
  • Sump tank high alarms
  • Equipment locked out or marked
  • Sub-standard conditions related to the preparation for the movement of product throughout the pipeline network
  • Depot operational personnel availability
  • Client availability
  • The identification and handling of excess products in the pipeline to other clients or depots timeously
  • The identification and handling of excessive pressure loss during pipeline shut-down period within a pipeline section 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work
    Learners can work effectively in teams when:
  • Manning stations
  • Complying to safe working procedures
  • Clearing work permits
  • Clearing pipeline equipment defects
  • Rectifying pipeline equipment that malfunctions during the preparation of the pipeline network for product movement
  • Sharing and communicating information related to the preparation for product movement 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and self-management
    A learner can organise and manage himself by:
  • Executing the task(s) responsibly
  • Maintaining a high level of discipline and flexibility
  • Adhering to time frames and prioritisation
  • Adhering to safety and company-specific operation policies, procedures and instructions 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation
    Learners can interpret and evaluate information with regard to:
  • Operations notices
  • Policies, procedures and instructions related to the preparation for product movement
  • Operating systems displays
  • Data captured on log sheets (e.g. line fills, position of products, client's intake and delivery product labels and volumes, symbols and codes used)
  • Data as captured in the Operations Management System (OMS) related to product type and volumes ordered per client
  • Information as captured in handover book
  • Station checklists
  • Shut-down pressure spreadsheet
  • Outstanding defect reports
  • Work permits
  • Split-up of product intake or delivery into more than one batches 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners can communicate information effectively to relevant role-players by utilising various communication systems regarding the:
  • Preparation of the pipeline network product movement routes
  • Expected start-up time
  • Desired flow rate or pressure to be maintained at the intake and delivery depots on start-up
  • Desired pump combination required at the non telecontrol stations on start-up
  • The volume and product type to be injected and/or delivered
  • Transmixtures eminent after the expected start-up as per company-specific operations procedures, policies and instructions
  • Confirmation of the readiness of the effected depot for start-up
  • Reporting of sub-standard conditions 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology
    Learners can use science and technology by using:
    Computer systems to:
  • Remotely control and monitor the pipeline equipment during the preparation for the pipeline network start-up
  • Obtain or extract relevant data during the preparation of the pipeline network start-up
    Communication media 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems
  • Learners can understand the importance of sound preparation for product movements via pipeline 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Assessment process

    Assessment methods
  • Written tests
  • Practical tests
  • Oral/on-the-job
  • In situ (on-the-job) observations
  • Simulation
  • Role-play/structured classroom discussions and oral tests.

    These methods must be selected carefully based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, the written method could be used to assess knowledge, or on-the-job demonstration for practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods (no less than two of those detailed above) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes.

    The following tools may be used to supplement the above minimum assessment methods:

    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience may serve to supplement the assessment of applied competence. The portfolio should include, inter alia:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer(s), colleagues, peers, managers, external customers) confirming competence of the learner
  • Relevant certificates or awards
  • Previous assessment records
  • Logbook stating evidence of performance
  • Operating recording system data

    Values
    In addition, the following values should be demonstrated:
  • Decisiveness
  • Safety consciousness
  • Accuracy
  • Responsibility
  • Comprehensiveness
  • Neatness
  • Accountability
  • Pro-activeness
  • Quality consciousness
  • Time consciousness
  • Attentiveness
  • Environmental awareness

    Supplementary information

    Terminology

    Operations notice refers to a job instruction that stipulates product movement.

    Operations systems refer to a Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA).

    Information systems refer to Operation Management System (OMS) and Metering Data System (MDS).

    Sub-standard refers to the deviation from specifications and/or standards.

    Reporting includes relaying of information.

    Route status refers to the operating of valves to create a flow path.

    Live gauge is a pressure gauge positioned directly onto the pipeline from which accurate pressures can be read.

    Communication protocol can include, but is not limited to:
  • Personnel structures, e.g. managers, supervisors, colleagues and clients
  • Verification of messages/instructions

    Communication systems can include, but is not limited to:
  • Two-way radios
  • Cellular phones
  • Telephones
  • E-mail
  • Facsimile
  • Operations Management System (OMS)
  • Radio links
  • Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA)

    Logbook refers to evidence of training and job performance.

    Depot refers to an intake, delivery and through pump station.

    Pipeline network refers to the pipeline routes, depots and related operations equipment.

    Credits
    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:
    Activity : Hours
    Theory : 20
    Self-directed learning : 6
    On-the-job learning : 50
    Assessment : 12
    Total : 88
    Credits achieved: 9 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49553   Further Education and Training Certificate: Pipeline Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 
    Elective  63209   National Certificate: Energy Regulation  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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