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Challenge

Build a world-class pipeline across two provinces to the B.C. coastline that protects the environment and respects traditional ways of life of First Nations and Métis peoples.

 

Opportunity

From pipeline safeguards through route planning, construction, monitoring and emergency response, draw on the world’s top experts as well as local traditional knowledge, to build the safest pipeline Canada has ever seen.

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    A better pipeline by design

    Our pipelines will be designed and constructed to meet and exceed the highest safety standards, including:

    • Steel that is, on average, 20% thicker than required.
    • X-ray or ultrasonic testing of all welds.
    • Durable coating system and cathodic protection against corrosion.

     

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    Around the clock monitoring

    The pipeline will be monitored 24/7 from a control centre. Remote pump stations will be staffed 24/7 and aerial surveillance of the pipeline will occur bi-weekly. First Nations and Métis communities will also have the opportunity to play an important role in monitoring land safety and patrolling the pipeline route.

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  • A land route that minimizes our footprint

    Previously disturbed land will be used for 70% of the pipeline route, including old forestry roads, cut blocks and other linear corridors. The pipelines will be installed deep under watercourses for added protection. Ten pump stations will be powered by electric pumps to limit noise and greenhouse gas emissions.

     

  • Adding safety features for added protection

    We will have remotely operated isolation valves on each pipeline, dual leak detection systems and more frequent in-line inspection to ensure safe operation of the pipeline.

 
 
  • A swift and decisive land spill response

    Our constant goal is zero spills. Should one occur, our action plan mandates a swift and decisive spill response. Manpower and equipment will be deployed promptly.

  • An immediate shutdown by the control centre

    Control centre operators will assess and respond immediately to any drop in pressure detected on the line. Affected sections of the pipeline will be shut down and closed off rapidly by closing the appropriate isolation valves on each pipeline.

  • Trained local emergency responders

    Our staff, contractors and partners, together with local first responders, will be trained as local emergency responders to assist in the unlikely event of a spill. Regular real-time first-response drills will be held to ensure they are prepared to respond immediately. These drills will be reviewed regularly, with continuous plan improvements being made.

  • Response equipment in strategic locations

    Spill response equipment will be staged along the pipeline route as determined by state-of-the-art computer modeling and logistical planning. The gear will be rigorously maintained in top working condition.

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