On October 17, TransCanada was pleased to join our counterparts from Enbridge, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada to officially open a new $14-million research and testing facility in Edmonton, Alta., dedicated to advancing the safety and efficiency in the international energy industry.
Founded by the provincial government in 1984, C-FER Technologies evolved into one of the world’s leading R&D groups to help oil and gas producers, pipeline companies and other energy industry clients find solutions to operating in harsh environments and under increasingly stringent regulations. C-FER’s new 40,000-square-foot building includes the one-of-a-kind External Leak Detection Experimental Research (ELDER) facility that is funded by a unique partnership between TransCanada and Enbridge to help Canada’s biggest pipeline companies test the capabilities of the latest leak-detection technologies for oil pipelines.
“The joint industry partnership created to support ELDER facility is an excellent model for how industry and government can collaborate effectively on R&D projects.”
— Juan Gil, manager of Decision Support Systems and Leak Detection Engineering, TransCanada
“Making pipelines even safer and more reliable is an industry-wide goal, and C-FER is a world-class facility that has enabled companies to come together to do important research to assess the latest external leak detection technologies that promise to help achieve our mutual goal of zero safety incidents,” says Gil.
The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, officially opened the new building and said the federal government recognizes the importance of innovation in meeting the world’s energy needs in a responsible manner. The Government of Canada has contributed $2.2 million towards the work underway at C-FER.
“Today’s grand opening is a reflection of our commitment to strengthen the energy industry so we can continue to responsibly develop our resources while creating jobs and economic growth,” Rempel said.