At Canadian Natural we ensure that asset integrity requirements are fulfilled at all stages of the pressure equipment lifecycle. To safely maintain one of the largest inventories of upstream process equipment in Canada, we are committed to ensure risk-based evaluations are completed and that appropriate procedures for mitigation are in place.
Our infrastructure integrity programs are continuously enhanced, optimized and maintained in all our operations. Our operating procedures, technical specifications and policies are critical to ensure we deliver effective and efficient operations that are safe for our people and the environment.
The principal objective of our Asset Integrity Management System is to prevent injury to people arising from the operation of pressure equipment and to meet or exceed the requirements of the applicable Jurisdictional Regulators. A secondary objective is to reduce the risk of property damage due to pressure equipment failure.
Process safety management (PSM)
As a part of our company-wide Safety Excellence Strategy, Canadian Natural is incorporating a corporate framework for Process Safety Management (PSM). PSM focuses on preventing hydrocarbon releases and it is based on major accident risk management.
The PSM framework is the foundation we are using to develop a distinct program for offshore oil and natural gas infrastructure within our asset management system. Through this framework we are addressing new regulatory requirements of the UK Health, Safety and Environment regulatory body. The UK Health and Safety Executive's Key Program 4 (KP4) is running from 2010 to 2014.
Maintaining integrity across all our operations
Our 'Framework for Successful Integrity Management' follows best practices and lessons learned within the international oil and natural gas industry by adopting the following management model:
Clear policies and objectives: To set a clear direction for the company to follow in the improvement of operational reliability, standards for measuring performance and elimination of safety related risk.
Organizational structure and responsibilities: Effective management structure and integrity management practices are required to deliver the policy and strategy. The establishment of a positive 'integrity culture' means less risk to individuals and less damage to the integrity of a facility.
Corrosion risk assessment and planning: To identify threats and rank the risks they present and then plan appropriately for their effective avoidance or mitigation.
Implementation and analysis: To ensure effective implementation of the plans and analysis of the implementation and monitoring data leading to timely corrective action where necessary.
Monitoring and measuring performance: Performance measured against agreed standards to reveal when and where improvements are needed.
Review system performance: The organization can learn from all relevant experience, apply the lessons and achieve continuous improvement
Independent audit: To provide an independent and objective comparison between the integrity management system requirements and the system as implemented to enable corrective actions and improvement.