Since 1924, The American Petroleum Institute (API) has been the leader in developing equipment and operating standards for the oil and natural gas industry.
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API distributes more than 300,000 publications each year. The publications, technical standards, and electronic and online products are designed to help users improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their operations, comply with legislative and regulatory requirements, and safeguard health, ensure safety, and protect the environment.
API realizes how important it is to have undergraduate and graduate engineering students understand the practical uses of API standards prior to entering careers in the oil and gas industry. Therefore, API is now offering the Engineering Partnership to academic institutions worldwide. Beginning in January 2013, API will offer up to 50% off the complete set of API standards for a one location/one user internet-accessible subscription.
Over 160 standards at your fingertips. Access and read API standards online. The purpose of this site is to provide the public with access to key industry standards, particularly those standards that are safety-related or have been incorporated into federal regulation. Please use this site to review standards related to process safety, refinery and chemical plant operations and equipment, offshore drilling, hydraulic fracturing and well construction, and pipeline safety on welding, and public awareness programs. Obtain information regarding publicly available U.S. government cited standards and safety publications here.
New software development helps companies collect data, aggregate it electronically, and compile better statistics on their operations. Examples of recent software development include: API Chapter 11.1 C-Code, SANGEA Software, Safety Performance Indicator, Pipeline Performance Tracking System (PPTS), and Survey on Petroleum Industry Occupational Injuries, Illness, and Fatalities (Oll).
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