How hydrostatic testing helps maintain pipeline integrity

Safety is top of mind for the pipeline industry.

Every single day, pipelines operate beneath our feet and most of us aren’t aware of them. This seeming invisibility comes from the industry’s commitment to protecting and maintaining pipeline integrity, a task that involves 24/7 monitoring and maintenance, as well as high-tech inspection and leak detection tools and processes.  

One such pipeline integrity management process is called hydrostatic testing.

Hydrostatic testing involves filling a pipeline with water and then pressurizing it to a level that exceeds normal operation pressure.

This ensures that there are no defects in the pipeline.

For more on this important pipeline integrity management process, check out this video:


The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 110,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2011, these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America.