When it comes to transporting oil and gas, one pipe doesn’t fit all

In a previous post on this blog, we told you about the vast network of infrastructure operating underneath us every day. This includes over 830,000 kilometres of transmission pipelines, transporting the energy we use to power our daily lives. That’s a lot of pipe – but when it comes to transporting oil and gas, one pipe doesn’t fit all.

In fact, there are four different types of pipelines in Canada, and each one serves a unique function.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about the different types of pipelines and what they do (click to enlarge):

Different Types of Pipelines infographic_English

Now that you know about the different types of pipelines in Canada, learn the difference between liquids pipelines and natural gas pipelines.

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 117,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2014, 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.