The high-tech world of pipeline operations is fuelled by cutting edge research, tools and technology. TransCanada’s continued investment in safety has topped a billion dollars annually over the past few years and lead to numerous advancements in, construction, operations and maintenance of our infrastructure. If you looked at the technologies we use in pipelines today– for example high strength steels, automated welding, high performance coatings, ultrasonic weld inspection, and in-line inspection tools, just to name a few, you would find TransCanada was at the forefront of developing all of those and each has had a significant positive impact on the industry overall.
TransCanada employs some of the industry’s top experts working on safety enhancing research such as pipeline leak detection and other areas of pipeline integrity. Juan Gil is TransCanada’s Manager of Leak Detection Engineering and can speak to the role technology plays in monitoring of our pipeline systems.
At any given time, our pipelines are delivering upwards of 20 per cent of North America’s natural gas supply. Our existing Keystone Pipeline System has safety delivered nearly a billion barrels of North American oil to refineries in the U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast. Our energy projects in Ontario and the U.S. Northeast deliver clean burning and emission-free energy to millions of homes.
Ensuring energy security for the continent is an enormous responsibility which we take seriously. That’s why we are focused on continuously improving the safety and reliability of our assets.
TransCanada is a leader in the testing, developing and implementing new technologies that make pipelines safer. We are constantly looking at new processes and technologies to enhance the safety and improve the performance of our assets. Part of what drives us to constantly improve is TransCanada’s safety culture. Our priority is safety, our passion is innovation. TransCanada has one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated pipeline systems in the world.
We work tirelessly to ensure the infrastructure we build is constructed, operated and maintained in the safest possible way. But incidents can happen and it is absolutely critical that our response is rapid.
Leak detection is an ever-evolving and critically important field that highlights some of the industry’s most advanced technology. At TransCanada, we are proud to say we are leading many of those advances in, testing, detecting and responding to incidents.
When it comes to leak detection, it’s not simply one system or one technology we rely on. TransCanada employs a whole host of technologies, leak detection systems, inspection tools, aerial and foot patrol, community engagement programs and a room full of highly trained control room operators working around the clock.
This rigorous program highlights how we go above and beyond in leak detection and is one of the industry’s best. Douglas Robertson is an integral part of TransCanada’s leak detection program:
TransCanada’s culture of continuous improvement is the driving force behind our industry leading leak detection capabilities. From highly advanced satellite data systems called SCADA, infrared sensors aboard planes that fly along the right-of-ways on our pipelines to our community engagement programs, we are always looking at ways to ensure the safety of our infrastructure and protect the communities in which we work and live.
Putting Communities First
We are accountable to each and every community we operate in and with over 60 years of safe and operations; we can be trusted to do the right thing. Going above and beyond is more than a mantra, it is a mandate. Responsible operation of energy infrastructure requires us to put safety above all else; safety for our communities, our neighbors and the environment are at the forefront of our efforts. Communities and landowners expect us to do the right thing and treat their land and their home with the same respect and care we would with our own. And we are committed to doing the right thing, not because we have to, but because we want to.
Instilling a culture of safety, a culture of leak detection and continuous improvement is part of our commitment to all communities we live and operate in and our commitment to be accountable and trustworthy neighbors.