Control Room Management

Vigilance at all times

You have probably seen pictures of NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston. Well, CEPA members have 11 “mission controls” spread across Canada (and other complete duplicate control rooms established in secure locations as backups). These sophisticated, high-tech centres control and monitor the movement of Canada’s oil and gas energy across 117,800 kilometres of transmission pipelines – the third longest network in the world.

So what happens in these control rooms? Highly trained technicians operate in shifts around the clock, 365 days a year. The teams move oil and gas from some the remotest places in Canada to the people who need and count on the energy in our towns and cities. At the heart of the operations are SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems capable of tracking and monitoring every metre of the operation.

Last year over 1.4 billion barrels of oil and 5.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas passed by the watchful eyes of these control rooms.