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Pipeline Takeaways: More Facts About Canada’s Pipeline Industry


Going along with the 2018 Canadian Natural Gas Pipeline Report.

1: In 2016, members of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), which represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies, reported just a single significant natural gas release, which occurred during the maintenance of a pipeline that was not operating at the time. CEPA members operate approximately 119,000 km of pipeline in Canada and 14,000 km in the United States, moving approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas each year. The association’s members account for 97 percent of Canada’s daily crude oil and natural gas that is moved from producing regions to markets throughout North America.

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1,200: In April 2017, CEPA members teamed up with Tree Canada for “Dig Safe Awareness Month” to bring attention to the importance of preventing damage to underground infrastructure, such as transmission pipelines. Since then, more than 1,200 trees have been planted across Canada to remind Canadians to “Click Before You Dig.” The partnership between the association and Tree Canada helped re-establish forests that have been affected by wildfire, invasive insects or damaging winds.

2,696: In 2016, CEPA member companies conducted 2,696 integrity digs to examine pipelines for defects and to make repairs. The association claims that its members have performed a total of 25,577 integrity digs since 2007.

39,059: In 2016, CEPA members conducted in-line inspection (ILI) runs on 39,059 km of pipelines in Canada. These highly sophisticated “smart pigs” examine a pipeline from the inside to identify features such as metal loss, dents and cracks that may require further investigation or repair.

$31.1 Million: In 2016, CEPA members invested $31.1 million (CAD) in community initiatives across Canada, including $3 million in indigenous communities.


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