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The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) recently released its annual Pipeline Industry Performance Report. The 2016 report outlines how the Canadian pipeline industry is performing in the areas of safety; environmental protection; and socio-economic impacts for the country. The report also demonstrates the progress made in pipeline research and development, how the industry is helping improve regulatory frameworks, and highlights areas where the industry needs to improve.

The goal of CEPA members is always zero incidents on its pipeline systems. Advancements in pipeline safety and monitoring technology have helped member companies make significant steps towards reaching this goal. In 2015, there were zero significant incidents on liquids pipelines, and only one on a natural gas transmission pipeline. While this is an achievement for the industry, we will not be satisfied until we reach our collective goal of zero incidents.

The report is produced based on data collected from CEPA’s 12 member companies, including ATCO. This information includes how much the company spent on safety, the number of pipeline incidents (if any), the number of people employed, community investment details, safety-related spending, taxes paid and other high-level information.

CEPA members, who transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily oil and natural gas, have agreed to work together on four strategic priorities and initiatives. They are, improving pipeline safety; improving regulatory engagements, transparency and sustainability; improving trust and credibility; and facilitating the exchange of ideas and best practices.

Safety and Environmental Protection performance  

  • Zero significant petroleum liquids pipeline incidents.
  • 99.999 percent of natural gas and liquid petroleum products were delivered safely.
  • 3,151 integrity digs were conducted to examine pipelines to ensure the continued safe operation of pipelines.
  • 31, 196 kilometres of pipelines inspected using highly-sophisticated in-line inspection tools called “smart pigs” that examine a pipeline for defects or corrosion.
  • $16.7 million invested in innovative technology focused on reducing corrosion and improving pipeline inspection and leak detection.
  • 386 emergency response exercises and drills conducted.


Socio-economic impacts

  • 34,000 fulltime jobs across the country, 30 per cent of which are in Alberta.
  • $34 million invested in community initiatives.
  • $11.5 billion contributed to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product.
  • $1.5 billion in government tax revenues to help subsidize healthcare, education and government programs.
  • $709 million in property taxes to municipalities to help build roads, schools and hospitals.
  • $4.8 billion spent purchasing goods and services in local Canadian communities along pipeline routes.


Download the report to learn more about how CEPA members, like ATCO, are contributing to a healthy economy, vibrant communities and a sustainable future. View the 2016 CEPA Pipeline Performance Report Video.


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