Pipeline Integrity

Corporate Responsibility

Pipeline Integrity

Our approach to pipeline integrity management works to prevent pipeline failures by placing a strong focus on proactive management, from risk identification to mitigation.

We assess each pipeline based on the likelihood of failure and the potential consequences of that failure. Our proven assessment tools, proactively and effectively deploy resources and capital to manage our pipeline inventory. This includes detailed evaluations of high consequence pipelines and pipelines that cross water bodies. Evaluations are ongoing as existing asset conditions change and new assets are acquired. Our pipeline integrity initiatives also include ongoing implementation and enhancement of corrosion mitigation and monitoring programs, planned inspections and repairs, incident investigation, internal and external audits and regulatory engagement. Read our 2016 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders for more information on our Pipeline Integrity Management programs and our performance.

Our teams work closely to ensure that if a leak or spill occurs, the consequence is minimized through our Emergency Management and spill preparedness programs. These programs are subject to regular “table-top ” practice exercises to enable effective response in the unlikely event of a spill.

At Canadian Natural, we also coordinate our pipeline abandonments with our facility and site abandonment and reclamation programs, so that our sites are left in a safe and environmentally sound manner. Read about our comprehensive environmental closure program here.

This approach also includes the alignment of complementary programs, such as our well and pipeline abandonment programs with our facility decommissioning and wellsite reclamation programs. As a result of this area-based approach, our sites (facilities and wells) proceed to final reclamation more efficiently with better coordination of activities.

Transporting Canada's Energy Safely

We believe pipelines are the safest and most efficient means of transporting 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. Our company and industry are working hard to ensure that Canada’s oil and natural gas continues to be developed responsibly with world-leading environmental performance standards.

We also support efforts by the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), which represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 119,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada. CEPA members transport 97% of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil production throughout Canada and across international borders.

According to CEPA’s 2016 Pipeline Industry Performance Report, these are some of the key statistics for 2015:

  • 99.999% safe delivery of product
  • 55 natural gas and liquids incidents, compared with 122 in 2014 – only one categorized as ‘significant’
  • $1.3 billion was invested in maintaining and monitoring the Canadian pipeline systems in 2015.

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.