Request for Proposals for Development of Propane Bulk/Industrial Plant Operations & Maintenance Manual


November 2, 2004

General Information
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is a non-profit 501(c) 6 trade organization authorized by the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996 (PERA), Public Law 104-284.  PERC was created “to enhance consumer and employee safety and training, to provide for research and development of clean and efficient propane utilization equipment, and to inform and educate the public about safety and other issues associated with the use of propane.”

PERC is governed by a twenty-one member Board of Directors appointed by the National Propane Gas Association and the Gas Processors Association. PERC program beneficiaries include propane retail marketers, producers, transporters’ and agricultural cooperatives, as well as representatives of allied service and supply industries.

New requirements related to the operations and maintenance of bulk plant and industrial plant LP-Gas systems were added in the 2001 edition of NFPA 58 (The LP-Gas Code).  These new requirements include mandating written procedures for safely conducting activities associated with operations and maintenance, as well as a provision that equipment owners and operators ensure that the procedures are updated, if necessary, whenever a major change occurs and prior to startup of a changed system.

Provisions of NFPA 58 2004 edition addresses the following areas:

  • Written procedures for plant operations
  • Written procedures for plant and system maintenance.
  • Proposals to Provide Services Sought

PERC seeks to develop a web-based tool that would assist members of the propane industry in generating a company-specific manual.