Safety is our top priority
Have you ever wondered how pipeline companies feel about keeping people, communities, land and precious resources, like water, safe? There’s a lot of conversation in the public about the level of risk pipelines actually pose. And what makes things trickier is how much misinformation is out there.
We want to assure you that safety is our top priority at TransCanada and our goal is always zero safety incidents. We ensure this by using only high-quality materials and the latest proven technology to inspect our pipelines inside and out. After we build, we also follow a rigorous pipeline integrity management program to keep you and the environment safe, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In fact, each year, TransCanada spends roughly $1.5 billion in keeping our pipelines safe, and $45 million research and development into new ways to make things even safer
Keystone XL will be no different and will ensure safety for workers, communities and all stakeholders through enhanced standards, powerful technology and independent reviews.
Keystone XL will be built using corrosion-resistant pipe and construction welds inspected by independent third parties and audited by the U.S. Government.
Keystone XL will be built using modern technology that will continuously monitor product flow. Aerial and land inspections will also occur regularly. We monitor our pipeline systems through a centralized high-tech center 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Satellite technology sends data every five seconds from thousands of data points to our monitoring center and if a drop in pressure is detected, we can isolate any section of our pipeline by remotely closing any of the hundreds of valves on the system within minutes.
Learn more about TransCanada’s pipeline monitoring programs.
Keystone XL will be built subject to guidelines from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). These include:
Keystone XL will use high-quality carbon steel with special features that reduce corrosion and enhance strength and pliability.
In addition to high-strength carbon steel, our pipelines are protected with the most advanced, corrosion-resistant fusion-bonded epoxy (FBE) coatings.
Horizontal Directional Drilling
This technique allows pipeline construction to take place under (approximately 25 feet below) areas such as rivers, steep slopes, structures, roads or railway crossings – reducing the overall impact of the development and preventing damage from spring run-off or flooding.
Automatic Shut-off Valves
Automated shut-off valves can be closed remotely on either side of a pipeline, isolating a damaged area within minutes. Keystone XL will be equipped with more automated shut-off valves placed at shorter intervals than any other oil pipeline in the U.S. They will be placed every 20 miles with extra valves where required, to protect water crossings and other areas of higher consequence.
100% Weld Inspections
We inspect every weld with the latest ultrasonic inspection technology, in addition to using standard X-ray inspection tools. We also repair or replace imperfections that are invisible to the human eye – an industry-leading process that goes above and beyond federal and state regulations.
Keystone XL will operate under an unparalleled maintenance regime, employ state-of-the-art integrity management practices and provide regulatory bodies with detailed technical reports annually.