National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations (SOR/99-294)

Regulations are current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2016-06-19. Previous Versions

Annual Report

  •  (1) A company shall complete an annual report for the previous calendar year, signed by the accountable officer, that describes

    • (a) the performance of the company’s management system in meeting its obligations under section 6 and the company’s achievement of its goals, objectives and targets during that year, as measured by the performance measures developed under paragraphs 6.5(1)(b) and (v); and

    • (b) the actions taken during that year to correct any deficiencies identified by the quality assurance program established under paragraph 6.5(1)(w).

  • (2) No later than April 30 of each year, the company shall submit to the Board a statement, signed by the accountable officer, indicating that it has completed its annual report.

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 5.

 [Repealed, SOR/2007-50, s. 3]

 [Repealed, SOR/2013-49, s. 6]

Design of the Pipeline

[SOR/2013-49, s. 22]

Detailed Designs

[SOR/2007-50, s. 5(F)]

 A company shall develop detailed designs of the pipeline and submit them to the Board when required to do so.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 6.

HVP Pipeline

  •  (1) When an HVP pipeline is to be situated in a Class 1 location and within 500 m of the right-of-way of a railway or paved road, a company shall develop a documented risk assessment to determine the need for heavier wall design, taking into account such factors as pipeline diameter and operating pressure, HVP fluid characteristics, topography and traffic type and density of the traffic on the railway or paved road.

  • (2) A company shall submit a documented risk assessment to the Board when required to do so.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 7.

Stations

 A station shall be

  • (a) designed to provide year-round suitable access for personnel;

  • (b) designed to prevent unauthorized entry to and unauthorized operation of the station;

  • (c) equipped with facilities for the containment, handling and disposal of wastes incidental to the station’s operation; and

  • (d) designed so that the noise level during operation meets the noise level requirement approved by the Board pursuant to section 5.1.

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 7.

 A compressor station or pump station shall be equipped with an alternate source of power capable of

  • (a) operating the station’s emergency shut-down system;

  • (b) operating an emergency lighting system for the safe evacuation of personnel from the station and for other emergency procedures; and

  • (c) maintaining any other service essential to the safety of personnel and the public or the protection of the environment.

Storage Facilities

 A storage facility shall

  • (a) be located in an area that is known to be free from flooding, landslides, rockfalls and geological faults;

  • (b) be serviced by an all-weather road that gives access to all permanently installed fire-fighting equipment located at or near the storage facility; and

  • (c) have a containment area or a system designed to prevent the release or migration of stored products or toxic substances.

Materials

[SOR/2013-49, s. 22]

Specifications

 A company shall develop specifications for the pipe and components to be used in the pipeline and shall submit them to the Board when required to do so.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 8.

Quality Assurance Program

 A company shall develop a quality assurance program for the purpose of ensuring that the pipe and components to be used in the pipeline meet the specifications referred to in section 14.

Joining

[SOR/2013-49, s. 22]

Joining Program

 A company shall develop a joining program in respect of the joining of pipe and the components to be used in the pipeline and shall submit it to the Board when required to do so.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 9.

Non-destructive Examination

 When a company conducts joining on a pipeline, the company shall examine the entire circumference of each joint by radiographic or ultrasonic methods.

Construction

[SOR/2013-49, s. 22]

Construction Safety

  •  (1) If a company contracts for the provision of services in respect of the construction of a pipeline, the company shall

    • (a) inform the contractor of all special conditions associated with the construction;

    • (b) inform the contractor of all special safety practices and procedures necessitated by the conditions or features specific to the construction;

    • (b.1) inform the contractor of the contractor’s responsibilities referred to in paragraph 6.5(1)(l);

    • (c) take all reasonable steps to ensure that construction activities are conducted in accordance with the manual developed under section 20; and

    • (d) authorize a person to halt a construction activity in circumstances where, in the person’s judgement, the construction activity is not being conducted in accordance with the manual developed under section 20 or is creating a hazard to anyone at the construction site.

  • (2) The person referred to in paragraph (1)(d) must have sufficient expertise, knowledge and training to competently carry out the obligations set out in that paragraph.

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 8.

 A company shall, during the construction of a pipeline, take all reasonable steps to ensure that

  • (a) the construction activities do not create a hazard to the public or the environment; and

  • (b) all persons at the construction site who are not involved in the construction of the pipeline are informed of the practices and procedures that are to be followed for their safety.

  •  (1) A company shall develop a construction safety manual and shall submit it to the Board.

  • (1.1) If a company contracts for the provision of services in respect of the construction of a pipeline, the construction safety manual shall set out the contractor’s responsibilities referred to in paragraph 6.5(1)(l).

  • (2) A company shall keep a copy of the construction safety manual or the relevant parts of it at each construction site of the pipeline, in a location where it is accessible to every person engaged in construction at the site.

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 9.

Right-of-way and Temporary Work Areas

 After a pipeline is constructed, the right-of-way and temporary work areas of the pipeline shall be restored to a condition similar to the surrounding environment and consistent with the current land use.

Crossing a Utility or Private Road

 When a pipeline is constructed across a utility or private road, the company constructing the pipeline shall ensure that there is no undue interference with the use of the utility or road during construction.

Pressure Testing

[SOR/2013-49, s. 22]

Pressure Testing Program

 Before putting a pipeline into service, a company shall develop a program in respect of pressure tests to be conducted for pipe and components used in its pipeline and shall submit it to the Board when required to do so.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 10.

Permits for Use and Disposal of Water

 Before conducting a pressure test, a company shall obtain any permits required in respect of the use and disposal of water for test purposes.

General Testing Requirements

  •  (1) Pressure testing shall be performed under the direct supervision of the company or an agent appointed by it.

  • (2) The agent referred to in subsection (1) shall be independent of any contractor that carries out the pressure testing program or that constructed the pipeline.

  • (3) The company or agent shall date and sign any logs, test charts and other test records that are referred to in CSA Z276 or CSA Z662, as applicable.

 The number of welds in a pipeline that are not subjected to a pressure test following the installation of fabricated assemblies or pipe segments into the pipeline shall be minimized to the extent that is practicable.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 11.

Operation and Maintenance

[SOR/2013-49, s. 22]

Operation and Maintenance Manuals

 A company shall develop, regularly review and update as required, operation and maintenance manuals that provide information and procedures to promote safety, environmental protection and efficiency in the operation of the pipeline and shall submit them to the Board when required to do so.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 12.
 
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