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Engineering Procedure

SAEP-1150 15 January 2018


Inspection Coverage on Projects
Document Responsibility: Project Quality Standards Committee

Contents
1 Scope ................................................................ 2
2 Conflicts and Deviations ................................... 2
3 Applicable Documents ...................................... 2
4 Acronyms and Definitions ................................. 5
5 Inspection Department (ID) Responsibilities ..... 9
6 Inspection Support Services Division
(ISSD) Responsibilities ................................... 12
7 Vendor Inspection Division
(VID) Responsibilities ...................................... 13
8 Inspection Technical Support Division
(ITSD) Responsibilities ................................... 16
9 Projects Inspection Division
(PID) Responsibilities ...................................... 20
10 Inspection Department Quality
Reporting Responsibilities .............................. 28
11 Deviations to Company Requirements ............ 31
Revision Summary.................................................. 32

Appendix A – Instructions for PID Coverage .......... 33


Appendix B – Typical Inspection Points .................. 45
Appendix C – Typical Logbook Format
(Hard Copy) ..................................... 52
Appendix D – Critical Processes List
(Focus Assessment) ........................ 53

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1 Scope

1.1 This procedure defines the responsibilities and activities of the Inspection
Department (ID) on all projects managed by Project Management including
Third Party projects as per SAEP-50 and SAEP-21.

1.2 This procedure covers only quality management system activities during the
project life cycle.
Exception:

Inspection coverage of projects not managed by Project Management shall be


carried out in accordance with SAEP-68 (Inspection Coverage on C1 Projects) or
SAEP-309 (Inspection of Community and Operations Support Facilities).

2 Conflicts and Deviations

Any conflicts between this document and other applicable Mandatory Saudi Aramco
Engineering Requirements (MSAERs) shall be addressed to the EK&RD Coordinator.

Any deviation from the requirements herein shall follow internal company procedure
SAEP-302.

3 Applicable Documents

The requirements contained in the following documents apply to the extent specified in
this procedure.

3.1 Saudi Aramco References

Saudi Aramco Engineering Procedures


SAEP-14 Project Proposal
SAEP-20 Equipment Inspection Schedule
SAEP-21 Project Execution Requirements for Saudi Aramco
Royalty/Custody Metering Systems
SAEP-50 Project Execution Requirements for Third Party
Royalty/Custody Metering Systems
SAEP-122 Project Records
SAEP-125 Preparation of Saudi Aramco Engineering Standards
SAEP-133 Instructions for the Development and Maintenance of
‘Inspectable Commodities’ Engineering Standards

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SAEP-302 Waiver of a Mandatory Saudi Aramco Engineering


Requirement
SAEP-303 Engineering Reviews of Project Documentation
SAEP-309 Inspection of Community and Operations Support
Facilities
SAEP-311 Installation of Hot Tapped and Stopple Connections
SAEP-316 Performance Qualification Requirements of Coating
Personnel
SAEP-319 Pressure Relief Devices - Testing and Inspection
Requirements
SAEP-324 Certification Review and Registration of Project
Welders
SAEP-347 Supplying Material from Stockists
SAEP-351 Bolted Flange Joints Assembly
SAEP-352 Welding Procedures Review and Approval
SAEP-380 Equipment Deficiency Report
SAEP-381 Project Quality Issues Escalation Process
SAEP-383 Approving Third Party Testing Laboratories,
Geotechnical Engineering Offices, and Batch
Plants
SAEP-1140 Qualification of Saudi Aramco NDT Personnel
SAEP-1141 Radiation Protection for Industrial Radiography
SAEP-1142 Qualification of non-Saudi Aramco NDT Personnel
SAEP-1151 Inspection Requirements for Contractor Procured
Materials and Equipment
SAEP-1152 Approval Procedure for Ready-mixed Concrete Mix
Design
SAEP-1154 Guidelines for Contractors Quality Plan
SAEP-1160 Tracking and Reporting of Welding, NDT, and
Pressure Testing for Capital Projects

Saudi Aramco Engineering Standards


SAES-A-004 General Requirements for Pressure Testing
SAES-A-005 Safety Instruction Sheet

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SAES-A-007 Hydrostatic Testing Fluids and Lay-up Requirements


SAES-A-206 Positive Material Identification
SAES-J-600 Pressure Relief Devices
SAES-L-350 Construction of Plant Piping
SAES-N-001 Basic Criteria, Industrial Insulation
SAES-N-100 Refractory Systems
SAES-N-110 Installation Requirements - Monolithic Refractories
SAES-P-104 Wiring Methods and Materials
SAES-Q-001 Criteria for Design and Construction of Concrete
Structures
SAES-Q-006 Asphalt and Sulfur Extended Asphalt Concrete Paving
SAES-W-010 Welding Requirements for Pressure Vessels

Saudi Aramco General Instruction


GI-0002.703 Electrical Load Planning and Connection/
Disconnection
GI-0002.705 Certification of High Voltage Cable Splicers
GI-0002.710 Mechanical Completion and Performance
Acceptance of Facilities
GI-0002.102 Pressure Testing Safely
GI-0007.030 Inspection and Testing Requirements for
Elevating/Lifting Equipment
GI-0150.003 Ionizing Radiation Protection
GI-0400.001 Quality Management Roles and Responsibilities
GI-0428.001 Cathodic Protection Responsibilities
GI-0710.002 Classification and Handling of Sensitive Information

Saudi Aramco Standard Contracts


Schedule Q Project Quality Requirements
Drafting Manual
IDQMS Manual Inspection Department Quality Management System
Manual

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2.2 Industry Standards and Codes

American Petroleum Institute


API RP 936 Refractory Installation Quality Control-Inspection
and Testing Monolithic

International Organization for Standardization


ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems – Requirements

Process Industry Practice


PIP INTG1000 Insulation Inspection Checklist

4 Acronyms and Definitions

4.1 Acronyms
AOC-H : Aramco Overseas Company – The Hague
AAJ : Aramco Asia Japan-Tokyo
ANDT : Automated Non-destructive Testing
ANDTU : Advanced Non-destructive Testing Services Unit / ID
APIS : Area Projects Inspection Section
APIU : Area Projects Inspection Unit
ASC : Aramco Services Company, Houston
BP&CTU : Batch Plants and Civil Testing Unit
CAR : Corrective Action Request
C&JVSU : Contracts and Joint Venture Support Unit
CMS : Capital Management System
CNDT : Conventional Non-destructive Testing
CNDTU : Conventional Non-destructive Testing & Projects Support Unit/ID
DBSP : Design Basis Scoping Paper
EIS : Equipment Inspection Schedule
GIS : General Inspection Services
IAI : Inspection Agencies Index
IC : Inspection Coordinator
ID : Inspection Department

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IK : in-Kingdom
IL : Inspection Lot
ISO : International Organization for Standardization
ISSD : Inspection Support Services Division
ITSD : Inspection Technical Support Division/ ID
LSPB : Lump Sum Procure-Build
LSTK : Lump Sum Turn-key
MCC : Mechanical Completion Certificate
MPCS : Mechanical Performance and Closeout System
MSAER : Mandatory Saudi Aramco Engineering Requirement
OOK : Out-of-Kingdom
PIEU : Project Inspection Engineering Unit / ID
PIM : Pre-inspection Meeting
PQI : Project Quality Index
PQL : Project Quality Leader
PQM : Project Quality Manager
QA&PIU : Quality Assessment & Process Improvement Unit
QMIS : Quality Management Information System
SAIC : Saudi Aramco Inspection Checklist
SAIR : Saudi Aramco Inspection Representative
SAPMT : Saudi Aramco Project Management Team
SATIP : Saudi Aramco Typical Inspection Plan
TPCTL : Third Party Civil Testing Laboratory
VID : Vendor Inspection Division

4.2 Definitions

For the purpose of this procedure, the following definitions apply. Further quality
definitions can be located in ISO 9000.

Batch Plants: Ready-mix Concrete Batch Plants, Precast Plants, and Asphalt
Batch Plants.

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Company Representative: Saudi Aramco Project Management Team


(SAPMT) Representative.

Focused Assessment: A systematic verification/examination of a single


process or an area of a process to ensure its adequacy to meet the intended
objectives/ outcomes.

General Comment: QMIS category to report Contractor Internal NCR and


surveillances that have no quality findings.

Hold Point (H): An inspection point beyond by which an activity shall not
proceed without the attendance/approval of the relevant Saudi Aramco
inspection unit.

Inspection and Test Plan (ITP): An ITP is a document based on the detailed
manufacturing, fabrication and construction program which identifies each
process description, sets out the related sequence of activities to be inspected,
examined and tested and lists the relevant approved procedures for a particular
material, component, assembly, or, in some cases, type of work. It shall include
identification of requirements for documents, acceptance criteria to be used, who
is responsible for what, the inspection surveillance to be performed and the type
and level of inspection including hold, witness and review points of
Contractor/Sub-contractor and Saudi Aramco. This ITP refers to the Inspection
& Test Plans (ITPs) generated by vendors/manufacturers as part of VID
requirement.

Inspection Coordinator (IC): IC is the PQM/PQL assigned to projects.

Mid-form Contract (MFC): Mid-form contracts are used where the total
estimated value of the work does not exceed US$ 5 million and the duration of
work does not exceed three years.

Monitoring: Is the observation, verification, and recording of specific design,


procurement, construction, and inspection activities while in the process of
ensuring that work is performed in accordance with the applicable standards and
specifications.

Non-destructive Testing (NDT): The act of determining the suitability of


some materials or components for its intended purpose using techniques that do
not affect its serviceability.

Project Quality Manager (PQM): The senior Inspection Representative


responsible for coordinating all inspection requirements on behalf of the Inspection
Department with Project Management throughout all project phases.

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Project Quality Leader (PQL): PQL is assigned for small/medium or group of


small projects.

Proponent: The Saudi Aramco organization responsible for the final


acceptance and operation of the facilities being constructed.

Quality Assessment: Generally, replaces the term 'Quality Audit'. A systematic


and independent examination to determine whether quality activities and related
results comply with planned arrangements and whether these arrangements are
implemented effectively and are suitable to achieve objectives.

Quality Assurance (QA): All the planned and systematic activities


implemented within the quality system, and demonstrated as needed, to provide
adequate confidence that an entity will fulfill requirements for quality.

Quality Control (QC): The operational techniques and activities that are used
to fulfill requirements for quality.

Quality Control Procedure (QCP): A QCP is a documented procedure


detailing the processes necessary to complete a specific work activity.

Quality Management Information System (QMIS): An electronic method of


a web-based information system that is used for issuing and replying to RFIs.
This system is also used to log all findings during project execution including
pro-active notifications, standard violations and general comments resulting
from surveillance inspection to prevent violations or reworks. QMIS serves also
as a management tool in tracking project quality issues.

Quality System: Organizational structure, procedures, processes, and resources


needed to implement quality management.

Request for Inspection (RFI): An RFI is an Inspection Department document


used in Saudi Aramco projects to request for inspection of any construction
activity, material, equipment or services in the form of QMIS or hard copy
(if approved by a Division Head to be used). The RFI Process is detailed in
Section 9.5.

Review Point (R): A review point is an inspection point by which quality


documents are required to be submitted for review and information of Saudi
Aramco.

Review Hold Point (RH): A review hold point is an inspection point by which
quality documents are required to be submitted for review and at which a work
activity cannot proceed without Saudi Aramco approval.

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Saudi Aramco Inspection Checklists (SAICs): Inspection Checklists form


part of the SATIPs that identify the lists of PASS/FAIL Inspection Criteria,
reference standards, re-inspection date, and other pertinent inspection details
that are used for inspection of activities.

Saudi Aramco Typical Inspection Plans (SATIPs): Inspection and Test Plans
(ITPs) that are generated by Saudi Aramco Inspection Department customized
for use in Saudi Aramco-managed construction projects. SATIPs may, at the
option of a Contractor may be used in lieu of their internal ITPs.

Short Form Contract (SFC): Short form contracts are used where the total
estimated value of the work does not exceed US$ 1 million and the duration of
work does not exceed six months.

Surveillance Point (S): An inspection point where the Inspection Department


Representative conducts routine visit/inspection without a Request for
Inspection (RFI).

Third Party Metering Project (TPMP): A project where a Customer or


Supplier enters into a Design Basis Scoping Paper Agreement and Engineering
and Construction Agreement with Saudi Aramco to construct or modify a meter
station for receiving or delivering a specific quantity of hydrocarbon from or to
Saudi Aramco.

Third Party Civil Testing Laboratory (TPCTL): A Saudi Aramco approved


service provider to perform civil testing for Saudi Aramco projects.

Witness Point (W): An inspection point where the Inspection Department


Representative shall be notified of the timing of inspection or test in advance.
Timing agreement is dependent on ID and PMT agreement at the start of a
project. The activity covered in this type of inspection/test request may proceed
as scheduled, if the ID representative did not show up at or before the requested
inspection time.

5 Inspection Department (ID) Responsibilities

5.1 Inspection Department will consistently provide inspection services that meet or
exceed our customers’ requirements. This shall be achieved through continual
improvement of the effectiveness of ID’s Quality Management System.

5.2 Inspection Department's responsibilities on Projects include the following:

5.2.1 Provide inspection services for Saudi Aramco throughout the various
phases of the project (i.e., the DBSP, proposal, design, procurement,
fabrication, construction, pre-commissioning). This is accomplished

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through direct inspection, monitoring and quality assessments as


required.

5.2.2 Provide inspection services in all facets of the Company's Supplier


Qualification and Material & Equipment acquisition.

5.2.3 Provide inspection services that ensure Industrial Radioactive Equipment


are maintained, stored, and operated safely at all times, and that all NDT
personnel are adequately trained and certified for the work they perform.

5.2.4 Provide inspection services that ensure the safe operation of all
permanent lifting equipment working in Company facilities.

5.2.5 Provide QC Coverage (if approved by ID Manager or his delegate).

5.3 Responsibilities of Other Organizations (Limitations of ID Responsibilities)

ID's involvement on a Project does not relieve SAPMT, the vendor,


manufacturer, or the contractor of the responsibility to comply with all Scope of
Work requirements, all Saudi Aramco Standards and Specifications, Mandatory
Standard Drawings, Company-adopted National or International Codes and
Standards & Project Specifications.

5.4 Quality System, Products, and Facilities Monitoring

5.4.1 ID shall monitor and assess the Quality Management System and
Products/Facilities being supplied by the Vendor/Contractor/Fabricator
in accordance with Saudi Aramco Standards, Purchase Orders, and/or
Schedule Q.

5.4.2 Material inspection levels shall be defined in accordance with


SAEP-1151 and Schedule Q and shall meet and cover all inspection
points of applicable 175-forms.

5.5 Assignment of Personnel

5.5.1 ID starts their involvement in projects by reviewing the Design Basis


Scoping Papers (DBSP) and Project Proposals.

5.5.2 ID will assign a Project Quality Manager during the Design Basis Scoping
Papers (DBSP), and supported by additional ID personnel during
subsequent phases of the Project Life Cycle as per the following Matrix:

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Inspection Representation
Design &
Cons- Pre-
Project Contractor Bid Technical Procure- Procure- Cons-
Design truction Commis-
DBSP Proposal Pre- Explanation Bid ment ment truction
Phase Kick-off sioning
Development qualification Meeting Evaluation Kick-Off Phase Phase
Meeting Phase
Meeting
VID X(5) X(2) X(5) X X X
ITSD X(3) X(5) X(5) X(3) X(4) & (5) X(4) & (5)
PID (PQM/PQL/IC) X(6)&(7) X(1) &(3) X(5) X(2) X(5) X X X X X X
Notes:
1. Attachment VI of Schedule Q, Novated POs, and Project Quality Plan
2. Presentation of quality requirements (PID/VID as required).
3. Reviews design packages
4. ITSD/CNDT&PSU reviews NDT procedures and technician certifications
5. On request basis
6. Preliminary Hazards Analysis (Workshop) and Building Risk Assessment (initial)
7. Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Study

Exception:

For Projects not applying CMS, DBSP column from the table and Notes # 6 and 7 are not
applicable.

5.6 Project Quality Manager (PQM)/Project Quality Leader (PQL)

5.6.1 On all major projects, ID will assign a Project Quality Manager (PQM)
/Project Quality Leader (PQL) in accordance with GI-0400.001, who
shall be responsible for planning, executing, and controlling all quality
management activities on the project.

5.6.2 PQL will be assigned for small/medium or group of small projects.

5.6.3 PQM/PQL is also responsible for promoting and building awareness of


the Project's quality requirements.

5.6.4 All project inspection personnel that are assigned to Projects shall be
thoroughly familiar with ISO 9001:2015. More details on the roles and
responsibilities of PID shall be provided in the project specific quality
plan.

5.6.5 PQM/PQL shall advise SAPMT of the need for PQM/PQL concurrence
prior to contract issuance.

5.6.6 PQM/PQL shall actively plan in coordination with SAPMT and


C&JVSU the schedule input and update on the GIS workforce required.

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5.7 Project Quality Plan (PQP)

5.7.1 PQP in this section, refers to the master PQP that organizes SAPMT and
ID linkages, in contrast to Contractor’s PQP.

5.7.2 During project proposal, a detailed Project Quality Plan will be prepared
jointly by SAPMT and the PQM/PQL as defined by GI-0400.001 and
SAEP-14 (refer to PQP Template, available on the Inspection Department
website).

5.7.3 PQP will, among other things, outline the Saudi Aramco Inspection
Team manning levels and mobilization schedule, define the relationship
between Inspection and SAPMT, define project objectives and
responsibilities, and outline authorities and channels of communication.

6 Inspection Support Services Division (ISSD) Responsibilities

6.1 Quality Assessment and Process Improvement Unit

6.1.1 Perform internal assessment for Inspection Department organizations.

6.1.2 Perform assessments for projects Quality system jointly with Project
Inspection Engineering Unit (PIEU) for selected Saudi Aramco Project
Inspection units.

6.1.3 Report the quality findings of the quality assessments through SAP.

6.2 Contracts and Joint Venture Support Unit (C&JVSU)

6.2.1 Perform assessments of service providers’ quality management systems.

6.2.2 Compile, analyze, and report the monthly ID and Service Providers'
Safety Performance Indices.

6.2.3 Administer the General Inspection Services (GIS) Contract.

6.3 Crane Inspection Unit

Crane Inspection Unit performs QA on Aramco owned and Contractor Elevating


and Lifting Equipment operated by Saudi Aramco or by Contractors and used on
Saudi Aramco projects, for compliance with Saudi Aramco Safety Standards
and relevant GIs.

Crane Inspection Unit shall follow their internal procedures for the inspection of
all cranes, elevators, below-the-hook lifting equipment owned and operated by
Saudi Aramco or by Contractors and used on Saudi Aramco projects for

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compliance with Saudi Aramco Safety Standards and relevant GIs. Cranes and
elevators that conform to these standards will have an inspection sticker affixed.
Below-the-hook lifting equipment will be marked with the safe working load
and identification number, unique to that particular piece of equipment, either by
tagging or stamping prior to acceptance by Crane Inspection Unit.

7 Vendor Inspection Division (VID) Responsibilities

7.1 VID provides quality monitoring and inspection support for projects during the
DBSP (Design Basis Scoping Paper) and Project Proposal phases, detailed
design and procurement phases to ensure compliance with Schedule Q
requirements, Saudi Aramco standards and specifications. VID shall conduct
quality monitoring and participate in surveys and assessments of vendors with
the contractors as needed to assist SAPMT during design and procurement
activities.

7.2 Saudi Aramco Inspection Representative (SAIR) role, responsibilities, and


requirements.

7.2.1 VID will determine its vendor inspection representation requirements


to monitor the Contractor's QA/QC activities in accordance with
GI-0400.001 and applicable MSAERs.

7.2.2 For major projects, the assigned SAIR will usually be located with
SAPMT at the Contractor's design/procurement office.

7.2.3 SAIR will work independent of schedule and cost decisions.


He reports to the PQM/PQL and/or SAPMT depending on his location
and size of the project as detailed in GI-0400.001.

7.2.4 SAIR is responsible to monitor all vendor inspection activities to


ensure the quality of the procured inspectable material/equipment is in
compliance with COMPANY specifications and project requirements.

7.2.5 All formal communications with the Contractor shall be through the
Company Representative.

7.2.6 The SAIR may be assigned to the site office during the construction
phase to follow-up on remaining procurement and material receiving
activities.

7.3 Vendor Inspection Division (VID) Coverage

7.3.1 Project Proposal Stage

VID may be involved, but shall not be limited to defining of material

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inspection levels, development of PQP, review of novated orders, and


contractor's bid evaluation.

7.3.2 Bid Explanation Meeting

In coordination with the PQM/PQL, VID may attend project bid


explanation meetings. They shall focus the Contractor's attention on
the requirements of Schedule Q for design and procurement.
If required, they will also present all items of concern from ITSD and
PID. A list of items or a presentation of project quality requirements
should be developed and reviewed with SAPMT prior to the meeting.

7.3.3 Design/Procurement Kick-Off Meeting

VID shall use this meeting as a starting point to briefly re-introduce


major topics from the Bid Explanation meeting to the Contractor with
regards to Schedule Q. Following this, and as soon as practical, VID
shall conduct a quality system orientation and provide guidance on the
use and implementation of Schedule Q and SAEP-1151 (SA-175's) to
SAPMT and Contractor personnel.

7.3.4 ID Quality System Assessments

For all projects exceeding $200 MM, the PQM/PQL will coordinate
with the Quality Assessment & Process Improvement Unit in
developing a schedule of assessments to be performed on the
Contractor’s Quality Systems during the design & procurement phase
of the project. A VID representative should participate in these
assessments and attend the opening and closing meetings as an
observer and provide assistance as required. VID representative
should follow-up on Corrective Action Requests (CARs) generated by
these assessments.

7.3.5 Quality Plan Reviews; Design, Procurement, and Construction

In coordination with the PQM/PQL, VID shall ensure that Contractor's


and major sub-Contractor's procurement Quality plans and inspection
procedures are prepared in accordance with Schedule Q.
Comments shall be forwarded to SAPMT for resolution with the
Contractor. If the SAIR is located at an OOK Contractor office, he
shall assist to ensure that construction related quality plans, inspection
procedures, and inspection checklists developed and submitted by
Contractor/s are forwarded to the PQM/PQL for review and comment.

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7.3.6 Quality Personnel Qualifications

VID shall review the qualifications and experience of the Contractor's


QC personnel related to Design and Procurement phases, against the
criteria specified in Schedule Q. Where appropriate, QC personnel
shall be interviewed and/or subjected to examination, by Vendor
Inspection or their designated representatives. Approval of all
contractors’ procurement QA/QC personnel shall be as per Schedule Q
requirement. Approval of contractor QA manager covering design,
procurement, and construction phases shall be in coordination with the
PQM/PQL.

7.3.7 Design Reviews

VID will ensure that Contractor performs design reviews at the


appropriate stages as indicated in their quality plan and maintains
records of such reviews in accordance with Schedule Q.

For projects where the contractor office is located OOK, VID shall
represent ID during the scheduled Design Review meetings at the
Contractor's design office.

7.3.8 Review of Purchase Documents

VID shall review material and purchase requisitions for inspectable


materials and other similar documents to verify application of the
appropriate Company Standards and Inspection Requirements.
VID will initiate comments to SAPMT with all PR deficiencies and
recommended corrections as needed.

7.3.9 Supplier Qualifications

VID shall review proposed vendors for inspectable materials to ensure


the manufacturers have been properly qualified by the Contractor in
accordance with Schedule Q. During the Pre-inspection Meetings
(PIMs), previous lessons learned related to the Vendor and/or the
materials being supplied, shall be discussed.

7.3.10 Pre-inspection Meetings (PIM)

VID or one of their designated inspection offices shall attend the PIMs if
required. The meeting shall address all quality related requirements of
the purchase order and not the commercial issues. During the PIM, the
detailed inspection and test plan (ITP), which includes inspection hold,
witness, and review points, shall be reviewed and finalized.

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The contractor/manufacturer has to follow-up the complete (not partial)


contents of approved SA specifications as determined in Section 7.3.8.

7.3.11 Manufacturing Procedures

VID shall ensure that relevant supplier procedures such as refractory


installation, welding, welding repair, NDT, heat treatment and alloy
verification as applicable, are reviewed and approved by Saudi Aramco
prior to the vendor's start of any of these activities as specified in
Schedule Q or applicable MSAER.

7.3.12 Quality Monitoring on LSTK and LSPB Contracts

7.3.12.1 Criteria for Monitoring POs

VID shall review and determine which purchase orders to


monitor. VID shall select vendor activities to be monitored
on the basis of Company inspection requirements, vendor
history, and information received from the Contractor such
as ITPs.

7.3.12.2 Review of Major Sub-Orders

VID shall monitor the Contractor's review of major sub-


orders to ensure relevant Saudi Aramco Standards and
Specifications have been passed along to the sub-suppliers.

7.3.12.3 Quality Assessments

VID shall review the Contractor's internal and supplier


assessments for design and procurement phases, and
monitor results on an on-going basis. VID representative
may attend the Contractor's assessments as an observer.
If necessary, VID may conduct their own independent
assessments and forward their findings to SAPMT for
resolution with the contractor.

7.3.13 Equipment Deficiency Reports (EDRs)

EDRs are handled in accordance with SAEP-380.

8 Inspection Technical Support Division (ITSD) Responsibilities

8.1 Project Inspection Engineering Unit (PIEU) Responsibilities

8.1.1 Coordinate and review project proposals, engineering and detailed

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design document packages.

8.1.2 Review and approve project related pneumatic pressure test procedures
in accordance with SAES-A-004 requirements.

8.1.3 Provide project technical support for project issues, technical queries,
technical alerts, quality alerts, lessons learned, and Enterprise Project
Management (EPM).

8.1.4 Provide assistance to PID and VID on project quality requirements


when requested by ID management.

8.1.5 Maintain, update, and administer all changes to SATIPs and SAICs as
required.

8.1.6 Periodically plan, perform, and report assessments of the performance


of project inspection sections and construction contractors’ inspection
programs within all Saudi Aramco Projects managed by SAPMT.

8.1.7 Technical bid evaluations, on request basis.

8.1.8 Compile and report the monthly Project Quality Indices (PQI) for all
applicable projects.

8.1.9 Compile and report the Inspection Agencies Indices (IAI) on quarterly
basis.

8.1.10 Certify and qualify Saudi Aramco level-II coating inspector in


accordance with SAEP-316.

8.2 Inspection Engineering Unit (IEU)

8.2.1 Perform Initial Equipment Inspection Schedule (EIS) submittal review


for new projects as per SAEP-20 requirements.

8.2.2 Pressure Relief Valve registration for administration as per SAEP-319.

8.3 ANDTU (Advanced Non-destructive Testing and Services Unit)

8.3.1 Discuss deterioration mechanisms and ANDT applications with


customers’ recommended inspection service/technology

8.3.2 Conduct technical consultation of ANDT applications/capability to


Operations

8.3.3 When requested, conduct NDT assessment of Vendors, Pressure


Vessels Equipment Manufacturers, Pipe Mills, etc.

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8.3.4 Assess ANDT service providers and monitor inspection activities

8.3.5 Review Contractor NDT Written Practice for compliance with


SAEP-1142.

8.3.6 Administer practical examinations for IK ANDT Contractors in


accordance with SAEP-1142.

8.3.7 Provide ANDT Engineering Services to Saudi Aramco Projects.

8.3.8 Provide ANDT Level III services to Saudi Aramco Projects.

8.4 CNDTU (Conventional NDT and Projects Support Unit)

8.4.1 Maintain close contact with PID to obtain the name and the date of
mobilization for NDT sub-contractors. See paragraph 8.8.

8.4.2 Review Contractor NDT procedure and NDT personnel qualification


for compliance with SAEP-1142.

8.4.3 Administer all practical examinations for IK NDT Contractors

8.4.4 Review and approve all NDT procedures for each project

8.4.5 Conduct Radiographic Film Interpretation assessments

8.4.6 Conduct assessments of Contractor NDT and report their performance

8.4.7 Assist PID in resolving disputes on NDT results

8.4.8 Support PID in performing NDT as requested

8.4.9 Provide NDT Level III services to Saudi Aramco organizations as needed

8.4.10 Review and approve the IK NDT Contractor's Radiation Safety Plan
for compliance to SAEP-1141 and GI-0150.003

8.4.11 Interview and approve the IK Contractor's Radiation Safety Officer


(RSO)

8.4.12 Issue “Saudi Aramco Radiographer Permit” for individuals


successfully passing the Loss Prevention Radiation Safety Examination

8.4.13 Issue radiation safety advisories and alerts, as and when required

8.4.14 Review and approve radiation source type used for radiography,
equipment used for handling, transporting and storing radioactive
material, radiation monitoring devices and methods of reporting

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8.4.15 Inspect and approve IK radiation isotope storage pits located on


Company property

8.4.16 Perform unannounced radiation safety assessments

8.4.17 Investigate Contractor incidents occurring on Company property


and report in accordance with the requirements of SAEP-1141 and
GI-0150.003.

8.5 Batch Plant and Civil Testing Unit (BP&CTU)

8.5.1 The Batch Plant and Civil Testing Unit (BP&CTU) of ISSD is
responsible for the evaluation and assessments of Batch Plants (BPs)
and Third Party Civil Testing Laboratories (TPCTLs).

8.5.2 PID shall ensure that Initial Contractor QC’s Survey Report
(Vendor/Plant survey) is prepared and submitted by the Contractor
sufficiently in advance of utilizing any Batch Plant or TPCTL.
Initial Vendor Plant survey reports shall be coursed by Contractor
through SAPMT and APIS/U to BP&CTU. The survey report shall be
submitted only to the relevant APIS/U when it is verified by the
Contractor that the proposed companies meet the minimum
requirements of the applicable specifications. Even if the proposed
service providers or suppliers are listed as Saudi Aramco approved
local manufacturers, an initial vendor plant survey is still required.
Commentary Note:

While not a PID function, PID Supervisors should encourage SAPMT


and Contractors to develop multiple suppliers in an area where
possible, to ensure adequate competition resulting in an end product of
the highest possible quality.

8.5.3 Each PID inspection section shall designate a Batch Plants and Civil
Testing inspector responsible to perform the day-to-day monitoring of
batch plants and third party testing laboratories in their area.

8.5.4 Each PID inspection section Batch Plants and Civil Testing inspector
shall submit a monthly monitoring report for each batch plant and third
party laboratory to BP&CTU. If concerns are detected affecting a
specific project, the responsible SAPMT shall be informed to request
Contractor to make the necessary corrective actions.

8.5.5 Each PID inspection section Batch Plants and Civil Testing inspector is
also responsible to conduct quarterly focused assessments of One Time
Basis Approved Batch Plants and TPCTLs.

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8.5.6 Each PID Inspection Unit shall ensure that test results produced by the
TPCTLs are received at the same time as they are received by the
construction Contractor. This is to ensure timely avoidance of using
materials, products or work that failed in tests performed.
Commentary Note:

Saudi Aramco approved Third Party Laboratories have submitted a


signed commitment letter to the Inspection Department stating that test
reports submitted to their clients on Saudi Aramco projects are copied
to relevant area project inspection units at the same time.

9 Projects Inspection Division (PID) Responsibilities

9.1 PID is responsible for quality monitoring for all phases of the project cycle from
DBSP up to approval of Final MCC to ensure compliance with applicable
MSAERs and project specifications.

9.1.1 Level of Involvement

PID's monitoring activities and coverage will vary from project to


project based on the type of contract, project scope and complexity,
geographical location and Contractor experience. PID's level of
involvement may also vary based on the effectiveness of the
Contractor's Quality System.

9.1.2 Engineering Reviews

PID coverage includes engineering review of DBSP, project proposal


and detailed design as per SAEP-14 and SAEP-303. Reviews cover
preliminary hazards analysis (workshop), building risk assessment,
hazard and operability (HAZOP) study, constructability issues and
non-adherence to MSAERs or recommending design preferences
resulting from inspection lessons learned and construction pitfalls
observed.
Exception:

For Projects not applying CMS, PID coverage does not include DBSP,
preliminary hazards analysis (workshop), building risk assessment (initial), and
hazard and operability (HAZOP) study.

9.2 Construction Phase Start-up

PID shall assign representatives to coordinate inspection activities and to attend


pre-construction meetings (kick-off meetings) to highlight the main issues such
as, but not limited to, the following:

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9.2.1 Introduction of Saudi Aramco Inspection Team Members and


utilization of the QMIS

9.2.2 Contractor Quality System requirements

9.2.3 The use and issuance of RFIs through QMIS

9.2.4 The submittal of special process procedures (as referenced in Schedule Q)

9.2.5 The contractor's plan for third party civil testing laboratories
(TPCTLs), Weld Test Centers, RV Calibrators, NDT testing agencies,
and Batch Plants (ready mix concrete/asphalt/pre-cast plants)

9.2.6 The approval procedure of concrete mix design as described in


SAEP-1152 and submittals required for concrete and asphalt mix
designs.

9.2.7 The need for conducting surveys of Batch Plants or TPCTLs that are
not included in the Saudi Aramco approved list.
Note: Survey forms are available from ID - Batch Plants and Civil Testing Unit.

9.2.8 The PQP approval, quality procedures, use of company ITP (SATIP)
and submission of new ITP in case of no company ITP shall be
addressed.

9.2.9 Valve testing, handling and preservation issues with Construction


Contractor and sharing knowledge about the valve repair approved
agencies.

9.3 Weekly Project Progress and QC Meetings

It is essential that PID representative(s), as determined by the responsible


Supervisor, attend the weekly site meetings unless they are attending regularly
scheduled QC Coordination meetings. PID's primary concern during these
meetings is related to the look-ahead schedules and quality related matters.
PID representatives should provide quality management support to SAPMT
when meeting with the Contractor. Any disagreements with SAPMT should be
communicated in a separate meeting between SAPMT and PID only.

9.4 Weekly Look-ahead Schedules

PID personnel shall review the Contractor's 2-Week Look-ahead Schedule to


assist in the planning of inspection coverage of the work activities. 2-Week Look-
ahead schedules shall be submitted on a weekly basis. Emphasis should be placed
on the start of new activities in order to prevent construction problems, and on the
receipt of major equipment for early detection of potential deficiencies.

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9.5 Request for Inspection (RFI)

RFIs shall be processed through the QMIS except in rare situations where QMIS
is not available. RFI shall be received through the available updated forms.
PID shall receive RFIs for all Hold and Witness Points as identified in the
Contractor's approved ITPs. Immediately upon receipt, the PID representative
shall sign and date the RFI and return the signed copies to the Contractor and
SAPMT. For specific project situations where QMIS is not available, handling
of RFIs by use of hard copy shall have prior approval by the Division Head (ID)
as per SAEP-381.

9.5.1 Function of RFI Form

The RFI form is used to notify PID that the facility is ready for PID's
inspection. An inspection point shall be initially inspected and
accepted by the contractor's QC personnel and is verified by SAPMT
prior to PID's inspection.

The form is not to be used as an inspection point of approval or


disapproval. Any comment regarding acceptance or rejection of work
shall be reported as described in Section 10, “Inspection Department
Quality Reporting Responsibilities.”

9.5.2 RFI Timing

RFIs should be prepared and submitted to PID through QMIS


sufficiently in advance of the work activity. Unless agreed between
SAPMT and PID, RFIs should be submitted in accordance with the
following time constraints:

9.5.2.1 Weekdays

At least 24 hours prior to the time required for inspection.

9.5.2.2 Weekends/Holidays

At least 48 hours prior to the time required for inspection.

9.5.2.3 Remote Areas

For remote areas, RFIs should be submitted at least 48 hours


prior to the time required for inspection. However, when air
travel or a considerable extent of land travel is necessary, a
minimum of 7-days notification should be provided.

9.5.2.4 Supply of Blank RFI Forms (when QMIS is not available)

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SAPMT is responsible for providing blank RFI forms.

9.6 Surveillance Inspection (without RFIs)

PID has the authority and responsibility to monitor and inspect on-going
construction activities even if an RFI was not received. This is to ensure that
rework and potential non-compliances are avoided. The level of surveillance
inspection coverage should be higher during the early stage of any activity and
shall be in direct relation to the effectiveness of the Contractor's quality system
and his ability to provide acceptable quality.

Surveillance results whether they are Violations, Pro-active Notifications, or No


Findings shall be logged in the QMIS.

9.7 Support to SAPMT

PID will assist SAPMT in enforcing and interpreting Company standards and
specifications. PID supports evaluating solutions to construction violations and
if required, consult with the assigned specialist within the Engineering Services
Organization.

9.8 Mobilization of NDT Sub-contractors

At the beginning of each new project where NDT is required, PID will provide
ITSD with the name and the date of mobilization for the NDT Sub-contractor/s
(see Sections 8.2 and 8.3). Additionally, PID in support of SAPMT will liaise
with the ANDTU & CNDTU to ensure that all sub-contracted NDT personnel
and their procedures have received approval before starting any work on the
project.

9.9 Cranes, Elevators, and Lifting Equipment

PID shall ensure that all permanent lifting equipment installed is inspected by
the Crane Inspection Unit of ISSD in accordance with GI-0007.030, “Inspection
and Testing Requirements for Elevating/Lifting Equipment”.

9.10 Contractor Quality Control System

9.10.1 Contractor's Quality Plan (QP)

PID will review, comment on, and approve or disapprove the


Contractor's construction and pre-commissioning phase Quality Plan
(QP), including the Inspection and Test Plan (ITP), prior to the start of
any construction or pre-commissioning activity, in accordance with
Schedule Q. The Contractor's QP and its associated QCPs and ITPs
must be recognized as dynamic documents subject to subsequent

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revisions as deemed necessary based on the effectiveness of the


Contractor's implementation of quality requirements. Some commonly
used inspection points are listed in Appendix B.

PID shall have further responsibility to review the Contractor's quality


control documents and test results for conformance to project
requirements.

9.10.2 Contractor's Quality System Audits

9.10.2.1 Schedule

At the start of the project, PID will review the Contractor's


Internal Auditor qualifications and audit history, and the
Quality System Audit Schedule for compliance with
Schedule Q.

9.10.2.2 Checklists

Prior to scheduled audits, PID should request a written


notification from SAPMT indicating the date, time and
location of the audit. The submittal should also include the
proposed checklist as required by Schedule Q.

9.10.2.3 Monitoring of Audits

PID's representative should attend as an observer both the


Contractor's Internal Quality Audit and the closing meeting.
PID should receive the final audit report and follow-up on
critical issues.

9.10.3 ID Assessment of Contractor’s Quality System

The PQM/PQL will coordinate with PIEU in developing a schedule of


assessments to be performed on Contractor Quality Systems during the
project. A PID area/project representative should participate in
assessments for the construction and pre-commissioning phases and
attend the opening and closing meetings as an observer and provide
assistance as required. PID area/project representative should follow-
up on Corrective Action Requests (CARs) generated by these
assessments.

Capital project assessment reports shall be issued to PQMs or their


designated representative for implementation of corrective actions.

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9.10.4 Focused Assessment by PID

As minimum, PID should perform three Focus Assessments (FA)


on all special processes listed on the project Schedule Q, in addition to,
the all applicable identified critical processes in Appendix D, they
should be before start of any applicable special process to ensure
contractor readiness to commence the work, during the activity and
after work completion. PID shall also conduct Two Focus
Assessments on a topic related to all issued SA Non-conformance
Report and WS. FAs shall be conducted only by discipline/Group
Leader or Field Supervisor.
Commentary Note:

PID shall conduct two Focus Assessment for any issued Saudi Aramco
Non-Conformance Reports (NCR) and work sheets (WS), one at the time
of issuance of SA NCR/WS and one during/after the closure. The intent
of the first Focus Assessment is to find out what caused the NCR, while
the second Focus Assessment is to find out if the corrective actions
implemented are effective and sufficient. The Focus Assessment
records in relation to Quality Notifications (SANCR or WS) shall be saved
as an attachments to the subjected SANCR/WS.

9.10.5 Contractor QC Personnel

PID shall review the qualifications and experience of the Contractor's


QC personnel related to Construction phases, against the criteria
specified in Schedule Q. Where appropriate, QC personnel shall be
interviewed and/or subjected to examination by PID or their designated
representatives. Approval of all contractors’ QA/QC personnel shall
be as per Schedule Q requirement. Approval of contractor QC
manager covering construction phases shall be in coordination with the
PQM/PQL. Contractor QC personnel's approval, disapproval and
revocation shall be updated or entered in SAP Q7.

9.10.6 Quality Training and Awareness

PID should monitor the Contractor’s training program to ensure that all
Contractor and Sub-Contractor personnel are familiar with the project
quality requirements for their area of responsibility. Prior to the start
of each new construction activity, PID should verify that the contractor
is providing on-going training in the applicable QCPs, ITPs, and
applicable standards and specifications to the assigned QC inspectors.
Documentation and traceability of the training records shall be
available to PID.

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9.11 Short Form Contracts (SFC) and Mid Form Contracts (MFC) Covered by PID

PID representatives will ensure that Contractors working under short form and
mid form contracts possess and comply with a quality control/quality assurance
program. At his discretion, the PQM/Sr. Supervisor may approve QCPs/ITPs
for the work activity to be performed in lieu of a quality plan. Contractor QC
personnel shall be sufficiently experienced and qualified to perform inspection
of the work performed.

9.12 Materials/Equipment

9.12.1 QC Procedure for Material Control

PID must ensure that Contractor’s QC Procedures and associated ITPs


for Material Receiving, Storage, Traceability, and Preservation are
approved prior to the start of material receiving activities. PID should
verify that the ITPs identify HOLD and WITNESS points for all
inspection activities. PID should check that the Contractor addresses
the need for tracking material with previously known
deficiencies/exception items from arrival at site through to the
completion of the required corrective action.

9.12.2 Material Receiving Look-ahead schedule

PID should ensure that the Contractor's weekly inspection schedule


covers material receiving/inspection activities.

9.12.3 Receiving Inspections

PID should be involved in receiving inspection of both Contractor and


Saudi Aramco supplied materials upon arrival on site. PID should
inspect major equipment (e.g., fired and unfired vessels, skid mounted
equipment, pumps, compressors, etc.), and perform random inspections
of bulk construction material for compliance with standards, codes and
specifications, and for possible damage during shipping, handling and
installation. PID should check for the availability of the
Supplier/Contractor inspection release, inspection records and
recommendations for storage and preservation at time of receipt.
PID will ensure that the Contractor has a procedure for the handling,
storage and preservation of materials, written in accordance with the
requirements of Schedule Q. EDRs and NCRs shall be initiated in
accordance with Section 10.4 and Section 10.5.

9.12.4 Material/Equipment Deficiency Reporting

Refer to SAEP-380, “Equipment Deficiency Report”

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9.13 Pre-commissioning Activities

The PQM/PQL will coordinate PID's involvement in pre-commissioning


activities with the SAPMT Representative to ensure that all facility exception
items have been identified and resolved.

9.14 Records

PID shall ensure that production of the construction quality records of the
project are maintained and are available at the work site.

SAPMT is responsible for:


a) Preparing the original and revised Project Records in accordance with the
Drafting Manual and SAEP-122.
b) Furnishing to the Proponent copies of essential information, quality-related
documents, vessel inspections and pertinent project information that will
assist operations in the future.

9.15 Mechanical Completion Certificate (MCC)

9.15.1 General

Final completion of the project shall be in accordance with GI-0002.710.


The authorized PID representative shall sign the MCC after verification
that the project has met the requirements of project documents, company
standards and procedures, and applicable National and International
codes.

9.15.2 Pre-MCC Requirements

PID shall perform a final inspection of the facility and record


outstanding items on the MPCS Exception Items List (EIL) or a
suitable alternative as determined by the acceptance committee.
In addition, PID will ensure that all open logbook entries, NCRs,
and Worksheets are transferred to MPCS EIL as per SAEP-381.
The inspection activities shall be performed in accordance with the
approved ITP through QMIS’s RFI as per Section 9.5 until the point of
signing the MCC and MPCS will not deactivate the approved ITP and
QMIS’s RFI.

9.15.3 Post-MCC Requirements

PID involvement in the project construction phase usually ends with


the signing of the MCC. PID may continue involvement in the project

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to clear their exception items when requested by the Proponent in


compliance with GI-0002.710.

9.16 Deviations from MSAERs

In cases where there are deviations from MSAERs, an approved waiver per
SAEP-302 shall be obtained. Non-compliance shall be reported in accordance
with SAEP-381 and violation category aligned with the violation matrix of
SAEP-381.

9.17 Deviation from Project Specifications and IFC Drawings (not covered by
MSAERs)

In cases where there are deviations from Project Specifications or IFC,


concurrence from the Proponent is required. Non-compliance shall be reported
in accordance with SAEP-381 and violation category aligned with the violation
matrix of SAEP-381.

10 Inspection Department Quality Reporting Responsibilities

10.1 Comments Submittal

ID's comments and recommendations concerning the project shall be submitted


to SAPMT or their designated representative for implementation of corrective
action. Prior to the start-up of construction, comments/violations noted during
reviews by ID on project designs and procurement should be covered within
Letters/Memos, E-mails, e-Reviews, or Forms addressed to the Project Manager
or Sr. Project Engineer.

10.2 Violation Reporting Requirements

10.2.1 Methods of Reporting to SAPMT

Inspection will report violations to SAPMT by one or more of the


methods listed in this section but shall be in compliance with SAEP-381.

10.2.2 Violation Reporting Criteria

Inspectors shall indicate the appropriate specifications violated


with regard to the cut-off dates as found in SAEP-14 and SAEP-125
(e.g., the Design Basis Scoping Paper (DBSP) approval date).
Logbook entries (LBEs) shall note the specific standard, project
specifications or standard drawings violated, citing the paragraph or
section, and shall include sufficient information for SAPMT to correct
the deficiencies. Where applicable, logbook entries should identify the
equipment number and location.

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10.3 Inspection Log Book – Quality Management Information System (QMIS)

The QMIS shall be used as a method or means of communication with SAPMT


on pro-active notifications, general comments or violations to MSAERs, IFC
drawings, or Project Specifications. In remote areas where QMIS access is not
possible and if approved by the relevant PID Division Head, hardbound logbook
may be utilized.

10.3.1 The QMIS/inspection logbook is utilized to record:


a) Violations observed against the requirements of project documents,
Company standards and procedures, or applicable codes.
b) Inspection observations and comments
c) Job clarification, recommendations or any information deemed
necessary such as the specific location of the violations at the
jobsite.

10.3.2 Logbook Entry Format (in the absence of QMIS)

A standardized entry format shall be used in all logbooks as shown in


Appendix C. Elements shall include the following:
a) Violation and Action Item Logbook
i) The sequential number of each log book entry
ii) Date and type of inspection (i.e., mechanical, civil, etc.)
iii) Inspector's observations, recommendations, signature, and
name (clearly printed)
iv) Date of Site Representative's reply [normally expected
within three (3) working days]
v) SAPMT Representative's reply, signature, and name
(clearly printed)
vi) Date of inspection of corrective action done
vii) Inspector's signature indicating acceptance of corrective
action done
viii) On major projects, and as agreed between PID and SAPMT,
SAPMT may delegate the responsibility for Logbook entry
to the Contractor's QC Manager. In this case, SAPMT's
representative must review and sign the response to indicate
agreement.

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b) RFI and Surveillance Activities Logbook


i) Each page of the logbook shall have a unique sequential
number
ii) Date and reference to Inspection discipline
iii) RFI Number (if applicable)
iv) Indication of whether the work activity was accepted
v) Comments or observations by the PID representative
vi) PID representative’s name in print and signature

10.3.3 Logbook Retention


a. Manual Logbooks are the property of the Inspection Department.
At the end of the project, the inspector is required to collect the
logbook from the job-site and place it in the project file at the
responsible Inspection office.
b. Logbooks for hydrocarbon projects should be retained for a period
of no less than two (2) years after facility commissioning.

10.4 Quality Notification Recording, Reporting and Escalation

10.4.1 ID representatives (VID/PID) shall participate pro-actively in


preventing non compliances and re-work through active and
continuous surveillances. Pro-active findings that are expected to
result in avoiding non compliances and rework shall be entered in the
QMIS and acknowledged by SAPMT/Contractor representatives for
immediate avoidance actions.

10.4.2 NCRs shall be handled within an agreed time frame between end-user
and contractor. With regards to urgent deliveries, violations to
Company standards during procurement shall be noted and saved in a
punch list prior to shipment.

10.4.3 In instances where non compliances are detected, recording, reporting,


and escalation process shall be in accordance with SAEP-381.

10.4.4 If any part of the Project Specifications (not Saudi Aramco mandatory
standards) has been violated, and concurrence for the deviation has not
been obtained from the Proponent, a quality notification (Minor,
Moderate, Major) based on the violation category per SAEP-381
Section 6 shall be issued.

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10.5 Equipment Deficiency Reports (EDRs)

PID responsibility for the EDR process is per SAEP-380.

10.6 Worksheets Issuance

Inspection Worksheets shall be issued in accordance with SAEP-381.

10.7 Project Quality Index (PQI)

10.7.1 PQM/PQL or his representative/s shall evaluate a monthly PQI.

10.7.2 The PQI is a monthly measure of contractor’s compliance to project


quality requirements and approved quality plan.

11 Deviations to Company Requirements

11.1 Precedence of Contract Documents

11.1.1 Each project contract shall denote applicable document precedence and
Standard cut-off date to be used to determine inspection criteria.

11.1.2 Saudi Aramco Standards, mandatory Standard Drawings, and


Company adopted National or International Codes and Standards, take
precedence over the construction drawings, project specifications, and
the scope of work.

11.1.3 A waiver is required to deviate from Saudi Aramco Standards even when
the proponent agrees with the deviation. Refer to SAEP-302 for details.

11.2 Waiver of Inspection Requirements

11.2.1 Waiving of Inspection requirements for a Capital or Non-capital


project as opposed to waiving of MSAER or project specifications
requires approval by the Sr. VP-Engineering, Capital, and Operations
Support.

11.2.2 Waiving a portion of specification requirements (as identified in


quality plans or SA-175s) for Contractor's inspection, testing or
examination during the various work phases, may be waived only with
a SAIR-written approval as concurred by the PQM/Sr. Supervisor.

11.2.3 Waiver of Contractor requirements to perform inspections on SA-175s


is further covered in SAEP-1151.

11.2.4 Waiver of inspection requirements are NOT to be discussed during the


PIM but during contract review.

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11.3 Conflicts and Deviations

Any conflict between this procedure and other applicable Mandatory Saudi
Aramco Engineering Requirements (MSAERs) shall be resolved in accordance
with SAEP-302.

Revision Summary
15 January 2018 Revised the Next Planned Update, reaffirmed the content of the document, and reissued as
major revision. The review also include the following revisions:
1- Aligned the procedure with the recent Inspection Department organization restructure.
2- Aligned the procedure with the new Capital Management System Models and Manuals
3- Enhanced the Focus Assessment process on Section 8.10.4 and identified new critical
processes on appendix D
4- Clarified that MPCS will not deactivate the approved ITP and QMIS on Section 8.15.2.
5- Revised the frequency of the Batch Plant Focus Assessment on Section 7.5.5.

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Appendix A – Instructions for PID Coverage

A.1 Start of PID Coverage

PID coverage shall be in accordance to 9.1.2. This provides PID with the
opportunity to provide timely input to the project.

A.2 Assistance to SAPMT

PID will assist SAPMT in enforcing, recommending and interpreting Company


standards and specifications. This may require coordination or consultation with
the assigned specialist within the Engineering Services Organization.

A.3 Material Analysis

A.3.1 Concrete Mix Design verification

At least thirty days prior to the start of the applicable work, the
concrete mix design shall be submitted for review and approval in
accordance with the requirements of Schedule Q. Batch Plants and
Civil Testing Unit shall review and approve new mix design as per the
requirements of SAEP-1152. Pre-approved concrete mix designs (with
mix design identification numbers) shall be reviewed and approved by
the relevant area project inspection unit.

A.3.2 Bituminous Asphalt Concrete verification

Prior to inspection of asphalt concrete paving, PID shall review the


material analysis of the asphalt concrete and its constituent parts
(i.e., aggregate), and should also verify that the asphalt concrete mix
design has been reviewed and approved by Saudi Aramco.

A.3.3 Soil and Soil Compaction verification

Prior to inspection of compacted fill or embankment, PID will review


fill/backfill material analysis reports from an independent testing
laboratory, approved by Saudi Aramco, such as soil type, proctor
density test results, optimum moisture content, etc., in order to verify
optimum density values used to achieve compaction test results.

A.4 Site Development

Site work and ancillary site material installations will be monitored by PID.
PID will review material laboratory reports, inspect the laying down of fill and
monitor compaction tests. Utility piping and sewer systems will be inspected to

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ensure that installations and testing are performed according to specifications.

A.5 Excavation, Ditching and Backfill

Excavations will be inspected to ensure compliance with Safety Standards and


that materials placed meet Saudi Aramco specifications. Inspection will include
the review of soil laboratory test reports (see A.3.3) and monitoring of
compaction tests.

A.6 Pile Driving

PID will review the pile-driving procedure including the equipment to be used to
drive piles. Pile-driving activities will be monitored and all splice-welds will be
inspected as required by the project specifications.

For onshore applications, the inspector will check the protective coating on the
pile as specified in the project specifications. PID will review SAPMT's pile-
driving records (including the geotechnical report, results of test pile, required
blow count and tip elevations).

A.7 Cement Concrete and Asphalt Concrete construction

A.7.1 Concrete, Masonry and Grout

A.7.1.1 Ready-Mix Concrete Monitoring

Area Project Inspection Unit (APIU) shall verify from the


ID Website that suppliers of ready mix concrete are Saudi
Aramco approved. APIU shall verify the soil Exposure
Type of the project site, based on the in-situ soils and
groundwater analysis, against the requirements of
SAES-Q-001, Table 1 prior to approving for the project
pre-approved concrete mix designs.

A.7.1.2 Pre-Pouring Inspection

PID will check grade preparation, formwork, installation


of embedded items, reinforcements, cleanliness, depths,
sizes, chamfer strips, elevations, joints, and other relevant
parameters prior to concrete placement.
Handling, fabrication, and installation of epoxy-coated
rebar will be monitored to ensure that damaged coatings are
repaired prior to concrete placement.

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A.7.1.3 Pouring and Post-Pouring Inspections

PID will witness most concrete pours and monitor concrete


temperatures, slump tests, placement, vibration, preparation
of concrete for test-cylinders, and concrete finishing works.
After concrete placement, PID will monitor the curing
process, (including the quality of water used) form removal,
re-shoring and surface finish of the exposed concrete.
The PID inspector will inform SAPMT immediately of any
problem encountered during concrete placement for prompt
corrective action necessary.

A.7.1.4 Masonry Work Monitoring

PID will monitor the masonry installation to verify that


embedded items, masonry units and finishes are properly
installed according to approved drawings and project
specifications. PID will review laboratory reports for
masonry materials to verify that the correct materials are
used and the strength is in accordance with the applicable
specification.

A.7.1.5 Grouting Work Inspection

PID will inspect all surface preparations prior to grouting


and will monitor both the grouting process, curing and final
finishes.

A.7.1.6 Concrete Pouring Plan

PID shall review and approve the required concrete pouring


plans for major pours such as critical foundations, slabs,
girders, structural walls, anchor blocks, and other major
pours. As a minimum, the plan will include assessment of
the personnel, equipment, weather, distance of pouring site
to the batch plant, number of truck mixers, site access, other
pertinent pouring details necessary for particular pour like
pouring sequence, etc., and other possible problem areas
(e.g., cold joints).

A.7.2 Asphalt and Road Construction

A.7.2.1 Sub-grade Suitability

PID will check the suitability of existing sub-grades prior to


any activity in road construction. If the existing sub-grade

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is not suitable, proper corrective action must be taken in


accordance with SAES-Q-006 requirements.

A.7.2.2 Base/Sub-Base suitability

PID will verify that the gradation and physical properties of


the base and sub-base meet the project's specification
requirements. Such data should be based on tests made by
an independent testing laboratory approved by Saudi
Aramco. PID will check the quality of the placement and
finishing of each layer of the sub-base and aggregate base
course, and will verify elevations and the results of the
required tests before proceeding to the next layer.

A.7.2.3 Bituminous Prime/Tack Coats and Asphalt Paving

PID will check the application methods and rates of the


prime and tack coats. PID will monitor asphalt concrete
temperature upon arrival, protection of asphalt mix in
transit, its placement, required thickness, or depth and
method of rolling and surface finishing.

A.7.2.4 Checking Asphalt Pavement

PID will check the testing of compacted and un-compacted


asphalt concrete, the level of smoothness of finished
surfaces and the elevation conformance in accordance with
SAES-Q-006 requirements.

A.8 Building, Framing and Finishing

PID will monitor internal and external craftwork for correct use of materials and
installations according to project requirements and relevant Saudi Aramco
Standards and Specifications. Framing will be monitored to ensure that
materials are the size, shape, quality and type specified. All cabinets, internal
walls, doors, jambs, floor tiles, windows, and all finishes will be monitored for
acceptable quality. PID will verify and witness tests as required on all
concealed installations prior to covering.

A.9 Structural Steel

PID will verify that structural steel works comply with project requirements for
strength, dimensional tolerance, and methods of fabrication/installation.
Tightening of bolts will randomly be inspected for compliance with the bolting
specifications. Welding, NDT and coating will be monitored for conformance
to project documents, Company standards and procedures and applicable codes.

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A.10 Welding

A.10.1 Welding/Brazing Procedures

PID will review Contractor's welding and brazing procedures and


approve their use for a particular project after technical approval of
each procedure has been obtained from the Welding Group of CSD.

A.10.2 Socket Weld Gap and Thread Engagement Control

In accordance with Schedule Q, Attachment IV, PID shall verify that


the Contractor has developed special process procedures for the control
of gap width for socket weld connections and thread engagement for
threaded connections. At the discretion of PID, random NDT (RT)
may be performed at a minimum rate of 10% on these connections to
verify that the requirements of these procedures have been met.

A.10.3 Welder, Welding Operator and/or Brazer Certification

A.10.3.1 Welding Workforce Qualifications

PID will review the qualification documentation for all


welders, welding operators and brazers to ensure that
personnel are qualified in accordance with the requirements
of applicable codes, the applicable SAES 'W' series
Standard (e.g., SAES-W-010, 011, 012, 013, 017), and
SAEP-324. PID will verify that only Saudi Aramco-
approved Testing Agencies (or Contractors and Fabricators
approved to do so per SAEP-324) perform welder
performance qualification tests. The test records for all
welders, welding operators and brazers shall be available at
all times at the work location for review by PID.

A.10.3.2 Job Clearance Cards (JCC)

PID will issue JCCs prior to the start of work to all certified
and registered welders, welding operators and/or brazers.
The JCC shall be kept in their possession at all times.

A.10.4 Welding Inspection

Inspection Items and Weld Traceability: PID will monitor and


randomly examine materials to be welded, welding consumables, joint
preparation, fit-up, welding processes, equipment and completed welds
for conformance to Company Standards and Procedures per
SAEP-1160 and applicable international codes. PID will ensure that

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weld traceability is maintained for the duration of the project.


Weld traceability will consist of, but not limited to the following: weld
maps, weld numbers, NDT status/report number, repair standing
(if required), and welder's identification.

A.10.5 Repair Rates and Welder Performance

SAES-W series standards require that the Contractor review and track
project and welder repair rates weekly. PID will monitor and evaluate
production weld repair rates and welder performance weekly.
The target for maximum production weld repair rate (calculated on a
joint basis) shall not exceed 5%. The repair rate for welders shall be
per in accordance to SAEP-324 Appendix-1.

PID's Authority Regarding Poor Performance: PID reserves the


authority to revoke a JCC, or require retesting of any welder, welding
operator, and/or brazer at any time due to unsatisfactory performance.

A.10.6 Post-Weld Heat Treatment

PID will monitor the post weld heat treatment of critical piping and
vessels on Saudi Aramco construction projects to ensure compliance
with project specifications and applicable industry codes/standards.

A.10.7 NDT in lieu of Hydrostatic Testing

A waiver as defined in SAES-A-004 must be obtained to allow NDT in


lieu of Hydrostatic Testing. Detailed inspections of all such joints
must be performed by PID including, but not limited to the following:
a) The fit-up, root-pass and hot-pass of each weld.
b) Verifying that the Contractor's approved QC Inspector witnesses
and records all observations made during performance of the
entire weld.
c) Ensuring that the Contractor instructs his NDT sub-contractor to
use a slow speed film to increase sensitivity of the resultant
radiographic image.
d) Ensuring that once welding starts, it continues without
interruption until completed.

A.11 Non-destructive Testing (NDT)

See Section 8.2 and Section 8.3.

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A.12 Piping and Pipelines

A.12.1 Process and Utility Piping

PID will randomly check piping materials and handling for


conformance to the project documents and applicable standards,
compliance to mill test certificates and physical damage. The check
will include the type, grade, schedule and rating of pipe, fittings and
appurtenances. PID will monitor fabrication, NDT, coating, and
installation of piping to ensure compliance with the project
requirements, applicable codes and Company standards and
procedures. Prior to MCC signing, a minimum of 10% of all flanges
and fittings shall be checked to ensure correct type, schedule, and
rating, along with proper torquing of flanges per SAES-L-350
paragraph Appendix A.

A.12.2 Underground Piping

PID will monitor preparation, handling, installation, NDT, and


backfilling of underground piping in accordance with the project
documents and applicable Company standards and procedures.
PID will randomly inspect the application of external coatings or wraps
but reserves the authority to witness the 100% holiday testing of the
external coating when it is required prior to back-fill.

A.12.3 Cross-country Pipelines

PID will monitor the stringing, bending, welding, NDT, installation,


coating, cathodic protection, insulation, padding, sand bedding, and
back-filling to ensure conformance to project documents and
applicable Company standards and procedures. PID will also monitor
fabrication and double-ending performed at IK fabrication yards.

A.12.4 Pressure Testing

A.12.4.1 Pre-Pressure Testing Inspection Actions

Prior to pressure testing, PID will review and approve


Contractor's pressure test procedure, test diagram and lay-up
procedure for conformance to SAES-A-004, SAES-A-005,
SAES-A-007, and SAES-L-350 respectively. All NDT will
be confirmed by PID as having been completed and accepted
prior to any pressure testing. PID shall perform a pre-test
punch listing of the system to be tested prior to hydrostatic
testing to ensure that all attachments to the piping are
complete. The Contractor shall provide a test analysis for

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water purity and chloride content when pressure testing


stainless steel components. Test diagrams and procedures
will describe the limits of piping and equipment, test
pressures, test temperature, test fluid, line flushing, and
safety precautions, as well as the requirements for venting
during water filling and de-pressurization. Test diagrams
will clearly indicate the limiting factor for each test, i.e., wall
thickness, flange rating, code, etc.

A.12.4.2 Pressure Testing Witness Responsibility

Pressure tests will be witnessed, inspected and accepted by


ID personnel. This responsibility may be formally
delegated by PID to other Saudi Aramco representatives.

A.12.4.3 Post-Pressure Testing Inspection Actions

After all successful pressure tests, a Pressure Test Report


(Form SA-2642) will be completed and become part of the
documentation package. All SA-2642 forms will become a
part of the Project Inspection Records per SAEP-122.
PID will monitor the lay-up of piping and equipment.

A.13 Mechanical Equipment

A.13.1 Equipment Inspections and Final Closures

Equipment will be inspected for vendor/equipment deficiencies,


specification violations and for possible damage from shipping or
during installation. A review of the Vendor supplied inspection reports
and the SA-175 requirements will be performed. PID will conduct
internal inspections on drums, vessels and other equipment prior to
final closure. PID will sign the final closure certificate along with
other responsible agencies prior to final closure of the equipment.
For vessel closures, any non-conformance noted regarding gasket
rating/installation will delay closure certificate sign-off until such time
as the non-conformity is corrected. PID is to use form SA-2093
(Equipment Inspection Record - General) to document its findings of
the internal inspections, as well as final external inspections,
hydrotests, etc. The signed form SA-2093 will be made part of the
final Project Inspection Records per SAEP-122.

A.13.2 Inspection of rotating equipment shall be limited only to installation


and assembly on the foundation, skid alignment and plumbness.

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Witness of shaft and coupling alignment and piping flange connection


shall be the responsibility of the Proponent's rotating engineers.

A.13.3 Equipment Documents and Report Reviews

Safety Instruction Sheets (SIS), Manufacturer's Data Sheets, as well as


NDT completion, must be reviewed before equipment is pressure
tested as required by SAES-A-004.

A.14 Gaskets

A.14.1 Gaskets Inspection Criteria

Correct gasket type, rating and installation will be verified.


A minimum 10% random inspection will be done by PID prior to final
MCC punchlisting for piping and equipment systems.

A.14.2 Delayed Reinstatement Action

If reinstatement after hydrostatic testing is delayed due to construction


or commissioning constraints, a logbook entry or PMCC Exception
Item List (EIL) will be done to document temporary gasket
installations for each hydrostatic test package or system involved.

A.14.3 Flange Bolt Torquing

PID shall randomly monitor all flange bolts torquing to ensure that the
Contractor is using properly calibrated equipment, correct tightening
sequence and required torque values as described in the approved
QCP/ITP as per SAEP-351.

A.15 Relief Valves

Procedures for testing and installation of relief valves are described in


SAEP-319 and SAES-J-600. PID will inspect the installation of the relief valve
on the specified location by filling/approving the RV external inspection form
(SAEP-319A) and attach it under the RV record in SAP. Then, PID should
ensure that all installed RVs are listed in the operation check list.

A.16 Paints and Coatings

A.16.1 Monitoring and Testing

PID should monitor the application and testing of protective coatings


to ensure compliance with project documents, Company standards and
procedures, and applicable codes. Coating inspection will include
surface preparation, coating application, dry film thickness

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measurement and weather conditions. Holiday testing of internal


vessel coatings and external coating of pipelines prior to covering will
be witnessed by PID.

A.16.2 Personnel Qualifications

PID will verify that all contractor personnel associated with the
preparation, application or direct supervision of protective coatings are
qualified and certified per SAEP-316 by a Saudi Aramco certified
Level II Coating Inspector. PID will also verify that all contractor
personnel associated with the inspection of protective coatings are
qualified and certified in accordance with Schedule Q.

A.17 Hot and Cold Insulation

PID shall randomly verify the materials and installation of Hot & Cold Insulation
Installations to ensure compliance with project documents, Company standards
and procedures and applicable codes as required by SAES-N-001/PIP INTG1000.

A.18 Refractory Installation

A.18.1 Monitoring and Testing

PID will randomly verify the materials and installation of various types
of Refractory works to ensure compliance with project documents,
Company standards and procedures and applicable codes as required
by SAES-N-100/API RP 936.

A.18.2 Personnel Qualifications

PID will verify that all contractor personnel associated with the
preparation and application of specific types of Refractory materials
are qualified and certified per SAES-N-110 and SAES-N-120.

A.19 Cathodic Protection (CP) Monitoring Activities

PID will monitor the installation of cathodic protection for tanks, pipelines,
offshore structures and plant applications. This will include the witness of drill
stem resistance measurement tests, holiday testing of Anode cables, a check for
proper anodes/anode beds, correct number of test and bonding stations,
insulation flanges and spools and associated equipment or materials. PID will
also check for correct system polarity, continuity of test station conductors and
the timely application of temporary CP on newly constructed facilities. PID will
verify that construction drawings have been reviewed and approved by the
SAES-X series of standards.

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A.20 Electrical

For electrical conductors and equipment, PID will monitor tests for ground-
resistance measurements, cable insulation and equipment testing.
All installations that are intended to be concealed will be monitored prior to
back-fill or covering. Construction and installation methods will be monitored
to ensure that no damage is done to materials or equipment. PID will check that
all medium and high voltage cable splicers hold valid splicer certification cards
and will issue JCCs prior to the commencement of splicing. Prior to
energization of power distribution systems, PID will verify that the installation
is sound and safe to energize. All pre-commissioning activities performed prior
to MCCs, will be carried out as per the responsibilities designated by the
supplement table of GI-0002.710-6.

A.21 Communications
A.21.1 Quality Monitoring Responsibility
The PID Communications Group is responsible for quality monitoring
of Outside Plant (OSP) projects and Premise Distribution Systems
(PDS).

A.21.2 Scope of Inspection


Inspections are made throughout all phases of design and construction
to ensure compliance with the SAES-T standards and other applicable
Company and International standards.

A.22 Cranes, Elevators, and Lifting Equipment


PID shall ensure that all lifting equipment installed are inspected by the Saudi
Aramco Crane Inspection Group of ISSD prior to signing the final MCC.
Also, see paragraph 9.4 for details.
Testing:

A.22.1 General Criteria


ISSD /Crane Inspection Group will witness and verify Inspection and
Testing as applicable in accordance with approved Project/Contract
specific Quality Plan or Inspection and Test Plans. Final Acceptance
of test results will be the responsibility of ISSD /Crane Inspection
Group.

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A.22.2 Lifting Equipment Testing Criteria


Testing of all lifting equipment will be witnessed and documented as
required by ISSD /Crane Inspection Group. Acceptance of test results
for all lifting equipment will be by ISSD /Crane Inspection Group.

A.23 Alloy Verification Program


Vendors and Contractors shall have implemented alloy verification program
with documented procedures as per SAES-A-206. The alloy verification
program procedures, in-process inspection and final data package will be made
available to the ID for review, verification and acceptance prior to final release.
VID will ensure that Contractors have an acceptable alloy verification program
for equipment manufacturing. PID will ensure that a similar program exists for
field fabrication.

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Appendix B – Typical Inspection Points

B.1 Protective Coatings (External and Internal)


B.1.1 Personnel qualification
B.1.2 Surface preparation prior to coating
B.1.3 Paint mixing
B.1.4 DFT readings
B.1.5 Various tests (Adhesion, Holiday, etc.)
B.1.6 Prior to top coat for APCS-4 or APCS-6
B.1.7 Application of heat shrink sleeves
B.1.8 Coating repairs
B.2 Welding
B.2.1 Welding procedures and welder qualifications
B.2.2 Non-destructive testing procedures, personnel and activity start-up
B.2.3 Start of fabrication and welding activities
B.2.4 Selection of points for NDT
B.2.5 Radiographic film interpretation by Company certified interpreters
B.2.6 Repair of cracked welds
B.2.7 Stress relieving
B.2.8 Tie-in welds
B.2.9 Socket weld gap and thread engagement
B.3 Brazing
B.3.1 Brazing procedures
B.3.2 Brazer qualifications
B.3.3 Certification of brazed joint at job site
B.4 Post-weld Heat Treatment
B.4.1 Approved procedures
B.4.2 Calibration of measuring devices
B.4.3 Documentation
B.4.4 Hardness testing
B.5 Piping/Pipelines
B.5.1 Pipe bending
B.5.2 Lowering-in of pipeline sections
B.5.3 Lay-up of piping/pipelines

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B.5.4 Road crossings


B.5.5 Thrust boring
B.6 Plant Piping
B.6.1 Flange and fitting type and rating
B.6.2 Gasket type and installation
B.6.3 Bolt torquing
B.6.4 Piping re-instatement after hydrostatic test
B.6.5 Hot taps and stopple installation
B.7 Vessels
B.7.1 Lay-up of vessels
B.7.2 Vessels closure
B.8 Pressure testing
B.8.1 Calibration of pressure gauges and relief valves for use in pressure
testing when performed by other than approved testing agency
B.8.2 Punchlisting prior to pressure tests/Review of test packages
B.8.3 Filling and venting
B.8.4 Stabilization
B.8.5 Pressurization
B.9 Pressure Relieving Devices
B.9.1 Documentation verification
B.9.2 Installation verification
B.10 Plumbing
B.10.1 Sand bedding and cover
B.10.2 Head test of sanitary lines
B.10.3 Pressure test of water lines
B.10.4 Sanitary manholes test
B.10.5 Closing of walls and ceilings
B.11 HVAC
B.11.1 Prior to installation of duct insulation
B.11.2 Installation of HVAC units
B.11.3 Fire dampers & sleeves in fire rated walls
B.11.4 Brazing and soldering of refrigeration lines
B.11.5 Pressure testing of refrigeration lines
B.11.6 Vacuum testing of refrigeration lines

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B.11.7 Testing and balancing of HVAC system


B.11.8 Closing of walls and ceilings
B.11.9 Document review of air distribution system installation and leak test
procedure, HVAC system Testing, Adjusting and Balancing
procedures including HVAC system testing organization qualification
B.11.10 Material receiving inspection, including storage, handling, and
preservation of all HVAC equipment, ducting materials and all
appurtenances
B.11.11 Layout and installation inspection of HVAC equipment including all
air distribution and piping systems and their components and supports
B.11.12 Air distribution system leak testing prior to insulation
B.11.13 Refrigerant piping pressure testing and vacuum testing prior to
refrigerant charging
B.11.14 Markings and identification of system components prior to
concealment
B.11.15 HVAC System Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing
B.12 Civil
B.12.1 Prior to closure of formwork
B.12.2 Prior to concrete placement, grouting and asphalting
B.12.3 Prior to bituminous coating of buried concrete structures
B.12.4 Prior to asphalt roofing placement
B.12.5 Prior to commencement of initial bending of epoxy-coated
reinforcing bar
B.12.6 Verification that geotechnical surveys have been carried out
B.12.7 Prior to closure of walls and ceilings
B.12.8 Verification of bottom of excavations/Clearing and
grubbing/Embedded structures
B.12.9 After preparation of bottom of foundations
B.12.10 Before backfilling around structures
B.12.11 Backfilling and compaction
B.12.12 After preparing the existing sub-grade and after each layer for road
construction
B.12.13 Sand cover for underground pipes
B.12.14 Concrete structures prior to any repair

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B.13 Electrical

B.13.1 All electrical, instrumentation or Cathodic Protection


equipment/material that will be buried concealed behind a wall,
ceiling or floor, including but not limited to:
B.13.1.1 Prior to backfilling of direct buried cable or conduit
B.13.1.2 Prior to covering cable conduit within a permanent wall,
ceiling, floor or tank bottom
B.13.1.3 Prior to burying a grounding connection, i.e.: thermite
welding (cadweld), brazing or approved compression
connectors
B.13.1.4 Prior to burying a splice on a cable rated above 1,000 volts
B.13.1.5 Prior to burying cathodic protection anodes and
connections
B.13.1.6 Thermite welding (cadweld) of cathodic protection cables
to buried pipelines
B.13.1.7 Witness of instrument calibrations
B.13.1.8 Witness leak testing of process tubing
B.13.2 Cable splicer certification for cable rated above 1,000 volts
(GI-0002.705 and SAES-P-104)
B.13.3 Prior to wires/cables pulled into conduits or cable trays
B.13.4 Prior to energizing a cable or piece of equipment (GI-0002.703)
B.13.5 Grounding and electrode earth resistance tests
B.13.6 Installation, cable pulling, damming and compound pouring of all
cable glands.
B.13.7 Cathodic Protection
B.13.7.1 Completion of bonding station installations
B.13.7.2 Testing of impressed current anode cables (dielectric
testing)
B.13.7.3 Completion of station installations for pipelines
B.13.7.4 Resistance measurements for deep anode bed test anodes
B.13.8 Testing of Illumination Levels
B.13.9 Instrumentation loop checks
B.13.10 Instrumentation calibration

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B.14 Communications
B.14.1 Buried Cables
B.14.1.1 Trench before installation of sand pad
B.14.1.2 Cable during placing operations
B.14.1.3 Marker tape installations
B.14.2 Underground Conduits
B.14.2.1 Trench before installation of conduits
B.14.2.2 Conduits before concrete encasement including mandrel
testing
B.14.2.3 Marker tape/orange dye installations
B.14.3 Manholes
B.14.3.1 Excavation for bracing/shoring when depth reaches 5 ft.,
until completion
B.14.3.2 Internal form work before pouring concrete for duct
terminators, inserts, etc.
B.14.3.3 Grounding connections when rods are outside of manhole
B.14.3.4 Ring and cover frame installations
B.14.4 Underground Cable Placements
B.14.4.1 Reel set-up and choice of duct
B.14.4.2 Tensiometer
B.14.4.3 Mandrel test ducts
B.14.4.4 Cable and cable pulling
B.14.5 Cable Splicing
B.14.5.1 Underground – check cable racking in manhole
B.14.5.2 Splice connectors, after 50 pairs or less, after 600 pairs or
less, and after every 600 pairs on larger cables
B.14.5.3 Completed splices before closing of cases
B.14.6 Communications Works in Buildings
B.14.6.1 Underground entrance conduits before concrete
encasement, including mandrel testing
B.14.6.2 Closet/equipment room requirements prior to and during
construction
B.14.6.3 Distribution system design before start of installation

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B.14.6.4 Before closing of walls/ceilings which will hide


communications pathways
B.14.6.5 Cable pulling and termination
B.14.6.6 Grounding connection of all metallic materials to
Telecommunications Ground Busbar
B1.14.7 Cable Testing
B.14.7.1 Checking of test set-ups before start of tests
B1.14.8 Application of Duct Sealant
B.15 Cranes
B.15.1 Fixed cranes, elevators, escalators, powered platforms/suspended
scaffolds, storage/retrieval machines
B.15.1.1 Factory operational and any required proof load tests
conducted and witnessed by VID
B.15.1.2 Test certificates showing conformance of all materials
and assemblies to the specified codes and standards,
including pre-delivery inspection and test results
B.15.1.3 Clearly marked capacity in Arabic and English metric
units of measurement
B.15.1.4 Valid Saudi Aramco Crane Safety Inspection Sticker
B.15.1.5 All initial inspection and load tests following installation
of the equipment
B.15.1.6 All reinstalled, altered, modified, or extensively repaired
cranes and lifting equipment
B.15.1.7 Inspection and load tests, and periodic load tests as
required by the relevant standard, shall be witnessed by
Saudi Aramco Crane Inspection Group
B.15.2 Mobile Cranes and Side-boom Tractors
B.15.2.1 Valid Saudi Aramco Crane Safety Inspection Sticker
B.15.2.2 A crane or side-boom tractor in which the load sustaining
parts have been altered, replaced or repaired shall require
a witnessed load test and re-inspection by Saudi Aramco
Crane Inspection Group
B.15.2.3 Any crane which has undergone a boom modification or
reconfiguration shall require re-inspection by Saudi
Aramco Crane Inspection Group

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B.15.3 Vehicle Mounted Elevating and Rotating Aerial Devices, Articulating


Boom Cranes
B.15.3.1 The required results of any periodic dielectric and
acoustic emission certification shall be made available to
Saudi Aramco Crane Inspection Group for review prior to
performing the requested periodic mechanical inspection.

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Appendix C – Typical Logbook Format (Hard Copy)

INSPECTION
INSPECTION DEPARTMENT SAPMT
DEPT.
Entry SIGN OFF
DATE INSPECTION COMMENTS DATE REPLY
No. & DATE

1 MM/DD/YY Civil MM/DD/YY The contactor was

Steel plates and the bars instructed to comply

used in the pipe support with the Standard

foundations were neither requirement, and the


galvanized nor coated with required coating with

zinc rich epoxy primer zinc rich epoxy is in

(APCS-1C of SAES-H-101). progress Completed

This violates SAES-Q-001, MM/DD/YY

Section 6.4. (Full name) D.D. Barry B. Al-Basher

(Full name) B. Al-Basher

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Appendix D – Critical Processes List (Focus Assessment)


Applicable Special
Critical Processes Process for Specific
Project
General
1 Contractor Manpower Requirements and Organization Charts
2 Contractor Quality Plan
3 Monthly Quality Management Reports
4 Contractor Design Reviews
5 LBE and INCRs Responses and closure
6 Quality Personnel Changes
7 Document and Record Control
8 Engineering / Field Change Control
9 Two week look ahead Schedule
10 Contractor Internal Audit and Top Management Reviews
11 Control of wasted and Non-conforming materials
12 NCRs: root cause analysis, preventive, and corrective actions
13 Implementation of SATIP
14 Calibration
15 Drawings and Document Revision control
16 Identification and Traceability
17 Handling, Storage, and Preservation
18 Personnel training
19 MTRs and Monthly Materials Procurement Status (Schedule G)
20 Special process procedures prior to start the activity
Mechanical
21 Safety Relief Valves (forms, personnel)
22 Pressure Testing (Hydrostatic and Pneumatic)
23 Positive Material Identification (PMI)
24 Lay-up Procedure and Implementation
25 Post Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT)
26 Hardness Testing
27 Penetrant Testing
28 Magnetic Testing
29 Film quality
30 Radiographic Film Viewing Facility

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Applicable Special
Critical Processes Process for Specific
Project
31 Welders JCCs
32 Weld Identification and Traceability
33 Welding consumable control
34 Gap control
35 Bolt torqueing and Gasket Verification
36 Talisman Reports
37 RT backlogs
38 Dead leg Contractor Reviews
39 Field Bending of externally/internally FBE coated pipes
40 Externally FBE coated pipe transportation/Hauling
41 Valve testing, handling, and preservation
42 Hot taps and Tie-ins
43 Control of NDT Records
44 Trenchless pipeline installation
Electrical and Instrumentation
45 HV/MV cable splicing and termination
46 Cable gland/sealing
47 Electrical power system energization
48 Splicers JCC
49 Cathodic Protection
50 Loop checks and packages
51 Fire Alarm systems certification
52 Electrical Hazardous Area Layout Drawings
Civil
53 Concrete mix design approvals
54 Batch plants
55 Precast fabrication yards
56 Availability of Survey reports
57 Cast-in situ concrete foundations
58 Third party Civil Testing Lab
59 Fire Proofing material and installation
60 Control of Civil Test Reports
61 Concrete & Asphalt plant monthly report

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Applicable Special
Critical Processes Process for Specific
Project
62 Structural steel installation and bolt torqueing
63 Pre-cast foundation transportation
64 Critical Concrete Pouring plan
65 Concreter Pouring Into Congested reinforcement
66 Building Roof Leak Test
Coating
67 Coating applicators and crew supervisors JCC
68 Coating material handling and preservation
Coating repair and new application Procedure approval and
69
implementation
70 Pipe Internal Coating
HVAC and Plumbing
71 HVAC Testing and balancing
72 Fire and Smoke Dampers material, location, and installation
73 RTR installer Job Clearance Card (JCC)

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