To ensure asset integrity throughout the lifecycle of all our pressure equipment, we have developed and implemented a detailed Pressure Equipment Integrity Management System (PEIMS). This program is supported by Canadian Natural's Management, Operations, Engineering, Asset Integrity and Safety groups.
Canadian Natural maintains the PEIMS and ABSA (Alberta Boilers Safety Association) certification approval status which authorizes our North America Exploration and Production and Horizon Oil Sands operations to manage our pressure equipment program in-house.
Our Horizon Oil Sands facility is located in northeastern Alberta where temperatures can range from -40 to +40 degrees Celsius. These weather seasonal variations provide for harsh operating conditions and equipment must be continuously monitored to ensure operating integrity is maintained. Our Horizon PEIMS staff provides the following three key services:
- Asset Integrity Engineering - The group provides assessment of continuous monitoring of processes/data and inspection reports to determine if changes are required to operating processes or equipment design.
- Non-destructive Examination (NDE) - Our certified internal NDE technicians identify effective techniques to assess and monitor degradation locations, support plant integrity and maintenance activities.
- In-service Inspection - Compromised of certified staff, the team performs routine in-service visual examinations of equipment to determine equipment condition.
The Horizon PEIMS team structure mirrors other Canadian Natural operations, to provide consistency in function, structure, processes and reporting.