Process Safety/Asset Integrity

Corporate Responsibility

Process Safety/Asset Integrity

Canadian Natural operates one of the largest inventories of upstream process equipment within Canada; additionally, Canadian Natural Resources International (CNRI) has offshore facilities located in the United Kingdom (UK) sector of the North Sea and Offshore Africa. We are committed to high standards of asset integrity to ensure safe, reliable, effective and efficient operations.

To manage the integrity and continuously improve the reliability of our operations — including pipelines, pressure equipment, tanks and infrastructure — we use a proactive risk-based management approach. The cornerstone of our Asset Integrity Management System is ensuring that risks are identified, assessed and action plans are in place to prevent failures and incidents.

Asset Integrity Management System

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 regulators. A secondary objective is to reduce the risk of property damage due to pressure equipment failure.

Maintaining the integrity of our process equipment means preventing and minimizing spills, and loss of pressure containment. Asset Integrity programs are developed by specialized and highly qualified teams that conduct proactive, technical reviews of our equipment and how it is operated, to help ensure worker safety and reduce environmental incidents by minimizing the exposure to risks. Our programs include inspections, evaluations, monitoring and mitigation strategies to protect people, the environment and the integrity of our assets.

Our integrity programs are continuously enhanced, optimized and maintained in all our operations. We incorporate learnings from internal and external incident investigations into our work practices to improve reliability, process safety and mitigating strategies.

Our Asset Integrity Management System is based on the principles found in the Corporate Statement on Asset Integrity Management — essential to the way in which Canadian Natural conducts its business. Learn more about our Asset Integrity Management Systems and performance in our 2018 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.

Significant infrastructure

Canadian Natural operates a large and diverse inventory of process equipment, including thousands of kilometres of upstream pipelines and associated facilities across Western Canada, major oil sands operations in northern Alberta, and offshore installations in Canadian Natural Resources International (CNRI).

The majority of our operations are based in Western Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba). CNRI operations are concentrated in two core areas — the United Kingdom (UK) portion of the North Sea and Offshore Africa (Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa). Our offshore facilities include:

  • three platforms in the North Sea (Ninian Central, Ninian South and Tiffany); and
  • four third-party owned and operated floating production, storage and offtake (FPSO) vessels, one in the North Sea (Banff) and two in Offshore Africa (Baobab and Espoir Ivorian).

Reliable Operations Through Vision Alignment

Our Asset Integrity team has a single overriding vision to 'ensure the safe, compliant, reliable operation of all assets'. As a basis for all decision making, this clear vision provides a focus for team members that helps them understand their role within Canadian Natural. The following six key strategies help the team achieve this vision.

  • Structure and unite teams behind the assets they support
  • Adopt a proactive, collaborative approach to Asset Integrity Management
  • Promote a culture of full and open communication with other functional groups within the organization
  • Commitment to develop our people and our internal and external networks
  • Doing it right the first time
  • Promote a culture that identifies integrity threats, works to understand those threats and puts mitigation plans in place

Creating value through technical expertise

Canadian Natural is committed to ensuring the integrity of our corporate assets by providing leadership and technical expertise support. Our Professional Discipline Technical Authorities group, for example, is responsible for managing our engineering standards and providing technical support to operations, maintenance and decommissioning projects. Our Corporate Integrity Advisory team, which includes members of the Technical Authorities group, brings technical and regulatory expertise, as well as experience in corrosion, materials and inspections. The technical skills of these groups are employed across our operations for a consistent approach to problem solving and use of industry best practices.

Learn more about our Integrated management systems.