In fact, whether it’s energy supply to power our laptops, or running ventilators and other life-saving equipment in hospitals, we’re all relying on pipelines to keep the energy flowing.
In today’s blog post, we give a big shout-out to the men and women who are at the frontlines of our industry. You help keep us safe and warm. You help make it possible for us to connect with family, friends and colleagues. And you help light our way during these extraordinary times.
Five ways pipelines keep you working
- Much of the energy that’s used daily in Canadian homes, hospitals, factories and other businesses comes from the oil and gas that flows through the 840,000 kilometres of energy pipelines criss-crossing our country.
- Pipelines safely transport vital energy products every minute of every day through ice storms, tornados, floods, and as we’re seeing today, a global pandemic. That energy fuels the systems we need to work from home – from the computers and cell phones we use to do our work, to the TVs and video game systems that keep our families entertained.
- Pipelines rely on operators working in high-tech control rooms 24/7 to keep an eye on how the product is flowing through the pipelines. Using technologically sophisticated tools, these highly qualified technicians monitor the flow and pressure of pipelines for any abnormal conditions, which could signal a potential failure. And they’re ready to act if they detect a leak or other significant safety issues, even having the authority to shut off the flow.
- If there is an issue, pipeline work crews in both urban and remote locations throughout the country can respond quickly to investigate and remedy any critical operational or maintenance issues that control room operators detect.
- It’s important to note, most of the devices we use for our work and social interactions are primarily plastic, which comes from the liquids and natural gas products delivered to chemical processing facilities by energy pipelines.
The bottom line is… pipeline companies earn public trust by delivering products safely and reliably so they’re available when we need them. Every day, and especially in times of crisis, Canadians can rely on the pipeline industry to deliver the energy they need, whether it’s working from home or in the field.
Learn how Canada’s pipeline industry is well equipped for the COVID-19 pandemic response.