Maintaining Proactive Pipeline Integrity Initiatives
Preventive and proactive work is key in maintaining a reliable pipeline infrastructure for our operations. Our teams develop and implement risk-based mitigation and monitoring programs to ensure that appropriate integrity management strategies are in place.
In North America, Canadian Natural owns and operates over 48,000 pipelines. Our pipeline risk assessment process focuses our efforts on critical pipelines to safely maintain one of the largest upstream facility inventories in Canada.
The Asset Integrity Group assigns a risk value to each pipeline as a proactive initiative to ensure that our risks are understood and resources are focused where needed. We also conduct internal and external high-risk pipeline audits to ensure corrosion mitigation and monitoring strategies are in place.
The pipeline Abandonment and Discontinuation Program in our North America Exploration and Production operations is one of these proactive initiatives. Through this program we are reducing liability and meeting regulations by decreasing inventories of inactive pipelines. In 2012, Canadian Natural completed 899 abandonment and discontinuation projects.
Canadian Natural supports efforts by the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) who have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the safety of pipelines in transporting Canada’s energy. For more information visit www.aboutpipelines.com.