CEPA releases 2018 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report

Striving towards a goal of zero incidents

CALGARY, ALBERTA – 26 SEPTEMBER 2018
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) today 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. CEPA members are committed to a common goal of zero incidents – no incident is acceptable.

Chris Bloomer
President and CEO, CEPA

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.

Pipelines play a vital role in delivering the energy that fuels our lives, supports jobs and drives economic growth across Canada. 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.

Karl Johannson
Board Chair, CEPA
Chairman, TC PipeLines GP, Inc.
Executive Vice-President and President, Canada and Mexico Natural Gas Pipelines and Energy, TransCanada Corporation

All 13,376 people directly employed by our industry returned home safely at the end of each day.

Highlights of the 2017 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 per cent 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.