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February 20, 2019
Pipeline leak inspection tool

How is a pipeline monitored for potential leaks?

Transmission pipelines use sophisticated monitoring systems and technology to ensure that they are safe. In fact, in 2017 alone Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) members invested more than $1.6 billion in continuously monitoring and maintaining their Canadian pipeline systems. This investment around innovation demonstrates industry’s commitment to zero incidents – no incident is acceptable. In…
June 21, 2018

How data is helping pipeline companies monitor water crossings

There is nothing like getting out for a walk after work on a warm spring day. The sun is still shining, the snow is all melting, and the rivers and streams that you stroll past are all rushing. It’s serene and relaxing. Unless you work for a pipeline operator and it’s your job to make…

Monitoring and Inspection

Pipeline companies use a wide variety of methods to monitor pipelines – from highly advanced technology to patrolling the pipeline right-of-way. Visual inspections are done regularly – either by walking, flying or using drones – and the industry also uses electronic monitoring from high-tech control rooms and patrols inside the pipeline. In 2015, CEPA members…
April 9, 2012

CEPA Supports Pilot Project for Monitoring Health and Safety Best Practices

Calgary, April 9th 2012 – The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) supports a new pilot project designed to review health and safety processes within pipeline contractor management systems. The pilot project will utilize a risk-based management methodology to examine various aspects of participating organizations safety management systems, including documentation, investigations, metrics, primary controls and objectives over a six…
June 19, 2019

How pipelines are prepared for deactivation

Pipeline companies must always ensure their operations remain safe for the public and the environment, even if a pipeline isn’t being used. That’s why Canada’s transmission pipeline operators follow strict guidelines – set and monitored by the National Energy Board (NEB) – when pipelines are taken out of service. Those guidelines consider safety, environmental impacts…
June 12, 2019

Research driving continuous improvements in pipeline safety in Canada

With a safety record of 99.999 per cent of products in CEPA member pipelines delivered safety to their destinations, the Canadian energy transmission pipeline industry is a stand-out among its global peers. And that’s in part due to outstanding research efforts by some of Canada’s leading post-secondary institutions. The University of Calgary (UofC) and University…
May 1, 2019

How pipeline operators make the best use of scarce pipeline space

Did you know that liquids pipelines can transport different types and grades of liquid petroleum products in the same pipeline? Called “batching”, this process makes efficient use of existing pipeline capacity, which lowers the price consumers pay for oil and its by-products. Crude oil comes in a number of grades and varieties, with vast differences…
March 14, 2019
Pipeline effect on animal migration

Your questions… Do pipelines affect animal migration or habitat?

For three weeks last fall, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) with funding from the International Pipeline Conference Foundation and TELUS Spark, an interactive Calgary science museum, worked together to present a temporary display about pipeline technology. More than 10,000 TELUS Spark visitors of all ages had the opportunity to learn about leading-edge technology that…
March 6, 2019
Solar & Wind energy alternative

Your questions… can’t we just use wind or solar?

For three weeks last fall, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) with funding from the International Pipeline Conference Foundation and TELUS Spark, an interactive Calgary science museum, worked together to present a temporary display about pipeline technology. More than 10,000 TELUS Spark visitors of all ages had the opportunity to learn and discover fascinating scientific…
February 27, 2019
monitoring pipeline pressure

How do pipeline companies detect a sudden drop in pressure?

No pipeline incident is acceptable; that’s why CEPA members strive for a goal of zero incidents. For that reason, Canada’s 117,800 kilometres of transmission pipelines are monitored around the clock using advanced computer monitoring systems to ensure their continued safe operation. Innovative technologies and comprehensive training allow operators to detect any pressure changes and other…