Canadian energy.
For us and the world.

And pipelines safely deliver that energy.

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Why pipelines matter

Pipelines matter for Canada

Canadians need oil and natural gas for life in Canada. About 77% of fuel needs in Canada today are met by oil and natural gas. And 97% of all of Canada’s oil and natural gas is shipped by pipeline. While the portion of solar and wind energy is rising, forecasts indicate oil and natural gas could still provide 65% of the world’s energy in 2040.

Pipelines matter for the world

As the world addresses climate change, Canada’s energy will be an important part of the solution. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Canada can help lower global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when it’s used to displace higher-emitting fuels for power generation. Canada’s abundant supply of natural gas (1,220 trillion cubic feet, enough for 300 years at current consumption levels) is transported to LNG terminals by pipeline.

Growth in energy demand – around the world: 2017-2040

Pipelines matter for your prosperity

Pipelines enable thousands of jobs in communities across Canada, as well as supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in the energy industry and the livelihoods of millions of Canadians*. Since 2005, oil and natural gas has contributed close to $1 trillion to Canada’s GDP**, and 97 per cent of that energy is transported in pipelines.

* Source: Statistics Canada, Labour force characteristics by industry

** Source: Statistics Canada Natural Resources Satellite Account (NRSA)

Pipelines matter for our society

Pipelines generate billions of dollars for vital government programs like health care and education – over $200 billion since 2008.

Source: RBC Economics, Energy Matters

Pipelines matter to you

Pipelines safely transport the oil and natural gas you count on for travelling, heating, cooking, transporting goods, growing food and so much more.

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Who is
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The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) consists of transmission pipeline companies that transport virtually all of Canada’s oil and natural gas to Canadians and the world. CEPA members came together over 25 years ago to help build a better energy future.

CEPA members don’t compete on safety. They work together to share best practices and continuously improve one of the safest, most technologically advanced transmission pipeline infrastructure systems in the world. This Performance Report reflects members’ advances in safety, environmental protection and socio-economic contributions in 2018.

Canadians, and people all around the world, will need energy long into the future to fuel life and prosperity. CEPA members will ensure your energy is delivered safely.

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The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) consists of Canada’s leading transmission pipeline companies. These pipelines are the large energy highways that deliver oil and natural gas across the country to where people need it, and into ports for export to the world. In 2018, CEPA members were responsible for moving 97 per cent of the oil and natural gas Canada produces through a pipeline network spanning nearly 121,000 kilometres.

One of our key roles in fostering continuous improvement is through collaborating with stakeholders engaged in building Canada’s energy future, including all levels of government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry organizations and CEPA members.

Energy is intertwined into so many aspects of life in Canada that our role as collaborators is vital to successfully getting Canadians and the world the energy they need.

About this report

The 2019 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report marks our fifth annual performance report. This is a voluntary document CEPA produces as part of the energy transmission pipeline industry’s commitment to transparency and accountability. Canadians want to know more about safety, environmental protection and socio-economic contributions. It’s all here.

In addition, CEPA is open about what its member companies are doing to deliver Canada’s energy safely and responsibly. CEPA members work together to share best practices, learn from one another and collectively improve the entire industry, to be the very best in the world.

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Pipeline performance at a glance

In 2018, CEPA members responsibly transported 97 per cent of the oil and natural gas Canada produced, safely delivering energy for Canada and the world.

Natural gas

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The information in this report covers incidents on CEPA member rights-of-way in Canada for 2018. Our focus is on rights-of-way as they represent close to 100 per cent of the network and present the greatest potential exposure to the public.

Total rights-of-way incidents (2011 – 2018)

In 2018 there were 19 incidents on our members’ rights-of-way, six of them categorized as significant. One significant liquid pipeline incident had an estimated release of 113.2 barrels (out of a total liquid release of 175.5 barrels for all incidents). Four of the five significant natural gas incidents resulted in a release of 101.5 million cubic feet (out of current total of 116.6 million cubic feet pending completion of the final report for one incident). The incidents were categorized as significant because the failure mode for each was reported as a rupture. Three were caused by third-party damage, one was caused by cracking, and one is still under investigation.

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CEPA members collaborate to develop best practices and utilize the latest technology to prevent incidents before they happen.

CEPA member companies conducted 2,665 integrity digs to examine pipelines for defects and make repairs – that’s a total of 29,425 integrity digs since 2008. 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.

In 2018, CEPA members conducted in-line inspection runs on 51,563 kilometres of pipelines in Canada using highly sophisticated tools called “smart pigs” that examine pipelines from the inside to identify issues such as metal loss, dents and cracks that may require further investigation.

Why Canada needs more pipelines

Because the world needs oil and natural gas – and will for a long time to come.

Increasing world population and the growing global economy mean energy demand is rising, and over two-thirds of that demand is met by oil and natural gas*. While the portion of renewable energy contributed is also rising (currently at close to 18% in Canada**), forecasts indicate oil and natural gas could still provide 65% of the world’s energy in 2040*.

The world needs oil and natural gas for decades to come, and the safest way to provide it is by pipeline.

Cleaner energy for the world – Canada’s natural gas is helping to replace higher carbon energy sources and fuel a lower carbon future. Canada’s abundant supply of natural gas (1,220 trillion cubic feet, enough for 300 years at current consumption levels) is transported to LNG terminals by pipeline.

They deliver the energy you need to live and thrive – Pipelines safely transport the oil and natural gas Canadians count on. Along with powering planes, trains, automobiles, trucks, tractors, ships, heating, cooking and electricity, over 6,000 things are made from petroleum products. Things like shampoo, computers, vitamins and toothbrushes, carbon for bike tires, asphalt for roads and roofs.

Pipelines power the quality of life you enjoy in Canada – Energy is the second-largest segment of Canada’s economy. Pipelines generate enormous economic benefits that you and every other Canadian count on. Close to $1 trillion has been contributed to Canada’s GDP since 2005*** – money that is used to support services like health care and education.

Part of a progressive energy system – Canada’s energy ecosystem evolves through technology and innovation to embrace smart options and address environmental and social issues. CEPA members are proud to be part of this ecosystem while contributing to the communities where they operate.

Pipelines employ thousands of Canadians – Canada’s energy pipeline companies provide valuable careers in communities across Canada, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in the energy industry and the livelihoods of millions of Canadians.

* Source: NEB, Canada’s Energy Future 2018: Energy Supply and Demand Projections to 2040

** Source: NEB, Renewable Energy Facts

*** Source: Statistics Canada Natural Resources Satellite Account (NRSA)

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Advancing practices and technology for the safe and responsible delivery of the energy Canada and the world need.

Making environmental protection a priority at every step of the process to deliver the energy we all need to live and thrive.

Developing active relationships and mutual understanding with communities in regions where members build and operate.

Are pipelines safe?

Yes, they are the safest way to transport the energy Canada and the world need. In fact, Canadian transmission pipelines are among the safest in the world.

In 2018, Canada’s 121,000-kilometre network of transmission pipelines moved 97 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and onshore crude oil production to the people who need it (the other 3 per cent was by rail or truck).

Out of 1.6 billion barrels of oil transported by CEPA members, a total of 11.3 barrels were spilled and couldn’t be recovered. These remaining barrels dissipate through volatilization (similar to evaporation) and other natural processes. While this is only a tiny percentage of oil transported, no amount spilled is acceptable to CEPA members, who work toward a common goal of zero incidents.

CEPA members work together to continuously improve what are already among the highest safety standards, and best safety records, in the world. Over 51,000 kilometres of transmission pipeline were inspected from the inside in 2018, and over 2,600 integrity digs were performed to check any anomalies identified. Hundreds of exercises were performed to ensure CEPA member companies’ emergency response teams are prepared. Over $2 billion was spent on monitoring to ensure that your energy was delivered safely.

Canada and the world will need oil and natural gas long into the future, and you can count on CEPA members to get it to you in the safest, most responsible way.

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