The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) has recently
published its Industry Performance Report. CEPA represents
Canada's transmission companies who collectively operate
approximately 117,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada and move
approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and
about 5.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas annually. They
transport 97% of natural gas and onshore crude oil production to
North American markets.
The key indicators which were measured include safety record,
pipeline incidents, prevention and emergency preparedness and
employee health and safety. According to the report, the
performance across the industry is good. For example, the member
companies delivered products with a 99.999% safety record, while
still working towards zero incidents across the board. The report
outlines the prevention tools employed by the transmission
companies, such as investments in maintaining and monitoring
pipeline systems and technology, execution of integrity digs and
emergency response exercises.
The report distinguishes between higher risk incidents, defined
as significant incidents, and more minor ones, such as small
pinhole leaks. It shows that Canadian companies compare favourably
with U.S. companies from 2010 to 2014, in the delivery of both
natural gas and liquids. Member companies have shared information
with respect to incidents, response steps taken and lessons
The report can be found on the CEPA website, www.cepa.com, and
makes for an interesting read.
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