To manage the integrity of our pressure equipment in Canada, we have developed and implemented two quality assurance programs — a Pressure Equipment Integrity Management System (PEIMS) for our North America Exploration and Production (NA E&P) and another for Horizon operations. Our PEIMS are supported by Canadian Natural’s Management, Operations, Engineering, Asset Integrity and Safety groups. Each program is registered and remains fully compliant with the regional jurisdictions in which we operate, and is subject to periodic audits. We maintain the Alberta Boiler Safety Association (ABSA) certification, which authorizes our plants to manage in-house pressure equipment programs.
One of the elements of the PEIMS is the Competency Based Training Program, which was developed to ensure all personnel and contractors involved with pressure equipment are properly trained. All Asset Integrity personnel involved in the PEIMS program undergo certification and a rigorous competency assessment to ensure they can perform their duties effectively and efficiently.
Other key components of our Asset Integrity Management System include:
- Risk-based pressure equipment assessments – thorough technical review of our equipment is carried out to determine if we can extend inspection frequencies cost effectively, while maintaining safety and reliability of our facilities. These assessments enhance asset integrity and optimize the inspection intervals for pressure equipment in our NA E&P operations
- Corrosion under insulation inspections (CUI) – a CUI strategy which prioritizes the inspection and repair requirements for reducing the risk of leaks due to corrosion in our International operations.