Design, construct, inspect and maintain pipeline systems to protect people and the environment.
Pipeline integrity means ensuring a pipeline and all its related components are safe for the life of the pipeline. CEPA members focus on continuously improving pipeline integrity through every aspect of the pipeline life cycle, including design, construction, operations, maintenance and retirement.
Through CEPA Integrity First®, CEPA members have identified the following commitments for pipeline integrity:
- Strive for zero incidents by applying strict standards and systems in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining pipelines.
- Maintain and use detailed information and records to make informed decisions that support the pipeline integrity program.
- Identify, evaluate and manage risks and hazards to protect the public, the environment and pipeline integrity.
- Share lessons learned to support the ongoing safe operations of pipelines.
The Integrity First cycle ensures that each priority is put through a six-stage cycle that is supported by CEPA and built on a solid foundation of strategic communications and change management.
+ Find out more about the cycle and each stage.
In 2017, our members conducted in-line inspection runs on 36,882 kilometres of pipelines in Canada using highly sophisticated tools called “smart pigs” that examine a pipeline from the inside to identify features such as metal loss, dents and cracks that may require further investigation. More than 30 per cent of our members’ 117,800 kilometres of pipeline in Canada was inspected by one or more in-line inspection tools in 2017.
The number of integrity digs in any given year is not a set number. Each company decides when and where to perform an integrity dig, based on the results of in-line inspections and according to members’ operations and management programs. During an integrity dig, a section of pipeline is excavated to give pipeline operators an up-close view of the pipeline to determine if a repair or replacement is required.