What is the lifecycle of a pipeline?

Every stage of a pipeline’s lifecycle is carefully planned and executed. Numerous factors must be considered, and complex processes are in place to ensure the least amount of disruption to the environment, wildlife, Indigenous communities, landowners and other stakeholders.

Throughout the entire lifecycle of a pipeline – from the time planning for a new project begins to the day it is retired – safety and environmental protection are top priorities. The entire process is strictly overseen by regulatory agencies and government departments, ensuring Canada’s pipelines are among the safest in the world. Well built and maintained pipelines can have lifespans of over 50 years.

Operating, maintaining and retiring a pipelineKeeping pipelines running until retirement
Building a pipelineHow is a pipeline built?
Planning and designing a pipelineThe first steps of a pipeline project
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