825,000 kilometres. It’s the combined length of existing pipelines criss-crossing Canada.
If you laid them end to end, that would be enough pipe to circle the earth 20 times over. Each day, those pipelines deliver the energy all of us rely on to heat our homes, cook food, fuel transportation, light up streets and manufacture daily essentials we all enjoy such as cellphones, sun glasses or toothbrushes.
$1 billion. It’s the amount TransCanada invests each year to inspect and maintain its pipelines.
Is safety the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about pipelines?
It is for us too.
Ensuring the safe transport of oil and gas is at the core of everything we do, at every level of the company.
“I get asked about pipeline safety quite often,” says John Soini, President of the Energy East Pipeline Project that will transport oil from Alberta to New Brunswick. “Here is what I tell people: I joined TransCanada nearly 18 years ago as a mechanical technician. I’ve worked on every kilometre of our Canadian Mainline natural gas system, and I can say that this company takes safety extremely seriously.”
“But at the end of the day, it’s all about trust, and trust is not given, it’s earned. So, our teams set out each day to earn that trust by doing what we say we’d do, which is ensuring the safe delivery of energy across our country.”
Earning your trust
Our approach to safety spans all stages of a pipeline’s lifetime, from development to construction and operation. From the choice of routes and materials and the tests and inspections we carry out on all our pipelines to 24/7 monitoring from our high-tech Control Centre and aerial patrols. Pipeline safety is also about the highly-skilled professionals who train to respond quickly and efficiently to any type of pipeline emergency, however unlikely it may be.