New CEPA report captures safe delivery record
In 2015, the members of Canada’s pipeline industry walked the talk, with zero significant liquid pipeline incidents across the country, and only one significant natural gas incident recorded. All this added up to a safe delivery record of 99.999 per cent.
The industry also saw a 50 per cent decline in the total recordable injury rate, and another 46 per cent decline in the motor vehicle incident rate.
Those statistics are all part of a Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) 2016 industry performance report called Taking action on our commitment to Canadians.
The report also noted that in 2015:
3,151 integrity digs were completed
386 emergency response exercises were held
31,196 kilometres of in-line inspection were completed
$11.5 billion was contributed to Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP)
$4.8 billion was spent purchasing goods and services in communities along pipeline routes
A more open and transparent reporting standard
The performance report is a follow-up to CEPA’s inaugural report in 2015 that shifted the dialogue between pipeline companies and their Canadian stakeholders to a more open and transparent standard.
“As it says in the report, our aim is for zero safety incidents; there’s no other goal that matters more – and I couldn’t agree more,” says Norrie Ramsay, senior vice president, Technical Centre and Natural Gas Pipeline Projects.
“However, what I’m most proud of is that it shows we are making good on our commitments and demonstrating progress in the areas of safety, environment and operational excellence.”
“The report offers balanced, honest and transparent information that will help Canadians to make personal, informed decisions about the industry, which is crucial,” he adds.
The first CEPA report was developed in response to media, regulators, landowners and Aboriginal groups asking our industry to provide a comprehensive overview of our practices and the proof to back it up.
The 2016 report provides an update on actions taken to improve performance over the past year and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to being open and transparent about the work we’re doing.
As a member company, TransCanada contributes its own performance data to the report, which becomes part of CEPA’s overall statistics. We also provide case studies of initiatives the organization completed in the course of the year that align with the spirit of the report.
For example, the Energy East Pipeline Project team hosted 23 “Safety and Emergency Response Days” in communities along its proposed right of way to give officials and residents an opportunity to learn more about the company’s safety and emergency response capabilities. Read more on page 16 of the report.
Also in the area of pipeline safety, TransCanada worked with multiple vendors in 2015 to take in-line inspection a step further by assisting with the development of an ultrasonic technology called EMAT – Electro-Magnetic Acoustic Transducer – that allows its operators to examine many features inside and outside its pipelines. Learn more on page 17 of the report.
Putting it to good use
The shared vision of CEPA and its member companies is “zero incidents” and to demonstrate continued accountability as an industry, to educate and inform Canadians, and to tell the stories about progress that’s been made – and where improvements are still required.
The information in the report is applicable to our own internal and external communications efforts and can be a valuable tool when meeting with stakeholders.
Whether it’s connecting with landowners at community events, sharing facts on social media or using case studies to demonstrate industry improvement and performance, TransCanada employees and contractors are encouraged to use the information compiled in the report to support the great work we do every day.