... CEPA releases 2018 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report

CEPA Releases 2018 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report

CEPA 2018 SnapshotThe Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) recently released its 2018 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report, highlighting how CEPA’s members are performing in the areas of safety, the environment and socio-economic priorities.

“We are proud of our industry’s performance and how we are prepared to respond in the unlikely event of an incident,” says Chris Bloomer, association president and CEO. “CEPA members are committed to a common goal of zero incidents – no incident is acceptable.”

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In 2017, CEPA members safely delivered over 1.4 billion barrels of crude oil and 5.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

While the number of significant incidents has trended down over the past five years, there was an increase to three significant incidents in 2017 from one in 2016. Two involved liquids pipelines and one involved a natural gas pipeline. All 13,376 people directly employed by the industry returned home safely at the end of each day in 2017.

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“Pipelines play a vital role in delivering the energy that fuels our lives, supports jobs and drives economic growth across Canada,” says Karl Johannson, association board chair and executive vice president and president, Canada and Mexico gas pipelines for TransCanada Corp. “Our industry does not compete on safety. We are committed to collaboration and continuous improvement because we know that Canadians expect our oil and natural gas supplies to be transported in the safest, most responsible manner possible.”

To view the 2018 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report snapshot click here.

Highlights of the 2018 report include:

  • CEPA members directly employed 13,376 (full-time equivalent) employees in Canada in 2017.
  • CEPA members’ increased capital expenditures on pipeline infrastructure by 25 percent in 2017, compared to 2016, to a total of $10 billion.
  • CEPA and members continued to advance the CEPA Integrity First program, which enables CEPA member companies to work collectively to strengthen the pipeline industry’s performance in critical areas of safety, environmental protection and socio-economic practices.
  • CEPA members held 542 emergency response exercises in 2017, ranging in complexity from emergency drills to full-scale exercises.
  • CEPA members invested $22.2 million in innovative technology in 2017, focused on reducing pipeline corrosion and improving pipeline inspection, leak detection and damage prevention.
  • CEPA members spent almost $4.1 billion in 2017 to obtain personnel, services, supplies and equipment from local sources, including $261 million from Indigenous suppliers.
  • CEPA members invested more than $1.6 billion in 2017 in maintenance and monitoring of their Canadian pipeline systems.

CEPA represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate almost 135,000 km (83,885 miles) of pipeline in Canada and the United States. In 2017, these energy highways moved approximately 1.4 billion barrels of crude oil and 5.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. CEPA members transport 97 percent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America.


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