Canadian Natural owns and operates one of the largest inventories of pipeline infrastructure within Canada. Our goal is to be proactive and prevent pipeline failures that lead to spills or leaks by placing a strong focus on proactive risk management, from risk identification to mitigation.
Our pipeline integrity initiatives include risk assessments, ongoing implementation and enhancement of corrosion mitigation and monitoring programs, and regulatory engagement. Risk evaluations are ongoing as existing asset conditions change and new assets are acquired. We also conduct internal and external high-risk pipeline audits to ensure corrosion mitigation and monitoring strategies are in place.
Read our 2015 Report to Stakeholders for more information on our Pipeline Integrity Management programs and our performance.
Transporting Canada's Energy Safely
Pipelines are a safe and efficient means of transporting large quantities of crude oil and natural gas over land. In addition to focusing on our own pipeline safety and integrity, we support the oil and natural gas industry’s efforts to raise awareness about transmission pipeline safety. We also support efforts by the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), which represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 117,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada. CEPA members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil production from producing regions to markets throughout North America.
According to CEPA’s 2015 2015 Pipeline Industry Performance Report, these are some of the key statistics for 2014:
- 99.999% safe delivery of product
- 122 spills and releases – only four categorized as ‘significant’
- $2.9 billion was invested in maintaining and monitoring pipelines over 2013 and 2014
To learn more about how industry, regulatory agencies and government, ensure Canada’s pipelines are operated safely, responsibly and in the public interest through regular inspections, audits and incident investigations, visit www.cepa.com.