This is the second post in our ‘Picture this’ series, where we provide photographic answers to some of your pipeline questions. In the first post, we explained how pipeline companies prepare for emergencies, and this week we’re taking a look at pipeline welds.
It’s understandable to wonder whether pipelines are more likely to spill or leak wherever joints are welded. But you might be surprised to learn that, if anything, those welds tend to create a strong, rather than a weak spot.
If you’d like to learn more about how pipelines are welded, check out these blog posts:
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 119,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2015, these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.4 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.