Fundamentals of Hydrogen Pipeline Integrity (CS053F)

Fundamentals of Hydrogen Pipeline Integrity

This course will introduce hydrogen in the context of the energy transition. It will offer a broad overview of the history of hydrogen and its pivotal role in the need for decarbonisation, including the different production methods and uses of hydrogen. Specifically, the need for hydrogen pipelines, and the differences between hydrogen and natural gas pipelines, will be covered. These differences are driven by the different characteristics of hydrogen and natural gas, including the embrittling effects of gaseous hydrogen. The operational and risk consequence aspects of hydrogen compared to natural gas will be compared and available code guidance on the conversion of natural gas pipelines will be summarised. The theory of hydrogen embrittlement and its associated cracking threats and effects on mechanical properties will be covered, as well as the relevant testing requirements and protocols. Finally, the impact of these differences on defect assessments and fitness for purpose studies will be introduced, and the requirements for a holistic hydrogen conversion and integrity management process outlined.

Your course at a glance


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4 Hours Per Day
(8 hours total)



Expert Presenting Live
via Microsoft Teams



Foundation level


Competency Standard

Satisfies the learning requirement for
Hydrogen Pipeline Integrity CS053F


What you will get

Certificate of completion, plus
Continued Professional Development hours

Course agenda

The Hydrogen Pipeline Integrity Virtual Training course runs over two days. Additionally, you will have access to the following selected Tier 1: E-Learns prior the program start date: Pipeline Materials (CS013A), External Corrosion and Prevention (CS017A), Crack Management (CS050A).


Day 1

Role of hydrogen in the energy transition:

  1. History of hydrogen
  2. Properties of hydrogen
  3. Production of hydrogen (different colours)
  4. Hydrogen demand and use
  5. Requirement for hydrogen pipelines

Differences between hydrogen and natural gas pipelines:

  1. Code requirements (ASME B31.12, AIGA / EIGA Guidelines, TD1 Supplement, DVGW G409 etc.)
  2. Operational requirements (pressure, flow rates etc.)
  3. Risk consequences (hazardous radius, likelihood of explosion etc.) 

Conversion of existing natural gas pipelines to hydrogen:

  1. Code guidance
  2. Operational requirements
  3. Repurposing methodology


Day 2

ffects of hydrogen on pipeline materials:

  1. Theory of hydrogen embrittlement
  2. Possibility of cracking (HIC)
  3. Effects on strength, ductility, fracture toughness, fatigue
  4. Implications for welds (seam and girth)
  5. Testing requirements / protocols

Defect assessment:

  1. Common defect types (crack-like defects, corrosion, dents, dent-gouges etc.)
  2. Data requirements to assess defects
  3. Assessment techniques (BS 7910, API 579 etc.) and hydrogen knock-down factors

Integrity management of hydrogen pipelines:

  1. Requirements for an Integrity Management System for a hydrogen pipeline
  2. Comparison to IMS for a Natural Gas Pipeline

Meet your subject matter expert


Neil Gallon

Neil Gallon is a Principal Materials and Welding Engineer working for the ROSEN Integrity Services division in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge and is a Chartered Engineer, a professional Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and an International / European Welding Engineer. He has over 20 years' experience in manufacturing and consultancy, including working for companies such as Tata Steel and GE. His current interests include the impact of gaseous hydrogen on materials and welds.


Note: ROSEN reserves the right to cancel the course in case of an insufficient number of participants. For further detail see terms.