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

 A company shall inform all persons associated with operation activities on the pipeline of the practices and procedures to be followed and make available to them the relevant portions of the operation and maintenance manuals.

Maintenance Safety

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

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

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

    • (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 maintenance activities are conducted in accordance with the manual developed under section 31; and

    • (d) authorize a person to halt a maintenance activity in circumstances where, in the person’s judgement, the maintenance activity is not being conducted in accordance with the manual developed under section 31 or is creating a hazard to anyone at the maintenance 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. 10.

 A company shall, during the maintenance of a pipeline, take all reasonable steps so that

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

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

  •  (1) A company shall develop a maintenance safety manual and shall submit it to the Board when required to do so.

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

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

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 13;
  • SOR/2013-49, s. 11.

Emergency Management Program

[SOR/2013-49, s. 12]
  •  (1) A company shall develop, implement and maintain an emergency management program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions during an emergency that could adversely affect property, the environment or the safety of workers or the public.

  • (1.1) The company shall develop an emergency procedures manual, review it regularly and update it as required.

  • (2) A company shall submit the emergency procedures manual and any updates that are made to it to the Board.

  • SOR/2013-49, s. 13.

 A company shall establish and maintain liaison with the agencies that may be involved in an emergency response on the pipeline and shall consult with them in developing and updating the emergency procedures manual.

 A company shall take all reasonable steps to inform all persons who may be associated with an emergency response activity on the pipeline of the practices and procedures to be followed and make available to them the relevant information that is consistent with that which is specified in the emergency procedures manual.

 A company shall develop a continuing education program for the police, fire departments, medical facilities, other appropriate organizations and agencies and the public residing adjacent to the pipeline to inform them of the location of the pipeline, potential emergency situations involving the pipeline and the safety procedures to be followed in the case of an emergency.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 14(F).

General Operation Requirements

 A company shall

  • (a) maintain communication facilities for the safe and efficient operation of the pipeline and for emergency situations;

  • (b) periodically test instruments and equipment at the pipeline stations to verify their proper and safe operation;

  • (c) continually record the suction and discharge pressures of the pipeline pump and compressor stations;

  • (d) clearly mark the open and closed positions of sectionalizing valves on any main line;

  • (e) clearly mark the open and closed positions and the function of isolating valves, blow-down valves and other major valves within a pipeline station; and

  • (f) post along the boundaries of the pipeline stations signage indicating the name of the company and the telephone number to call in the event of an emergency involving the pipeline.

Pipeline Control System

 A company shall develop and implement a pipeline control system that

  • (a) comprises the facilities and procedures used to control and monitor the operation of the pipeline;

  • (b) records historical pipeline operation data, messages and alarms for recall; and

  • (c) includes a leak detection system that, for oil pipelines, meets the requirements of CSA Z662 and reflects the level of complexity of the pipeline, the pipeline operation and the products transported.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 15(F).

Maintenance Welding

  •  (1) A company shall not perform welding on a liquid-filled pipeline with a carbon equivalent of 0.50% or greater except if it has been demonstrated that no other practical alternative is available.

  • (2) If a company performs welding referred to in subsection (1), the company shall treat the weld as a temporary installation and replace that installation with a permanent one as soon as is practicable.

  • (3) Despite subsections (1) and (2) and section 16, if a company intends to perform welding on a liquid-filled pipeline with a carbon equivalent of 0.50% or greater and to treat it as a permanent installation, the company shall submit the welding specifications and procedures and the results of the procedure qualification tests to the Board for approval.

Surveillance and Monitoring

 A company shall develop a surveillance and monitoring program for the protection of the pipeline, the public and the environment.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 16.

Integrity Management Program

 A company shall develop, implement and maintain an integrity management program that anticipates, prevents, manages and mitigates conditions that could adversely affect safety or the environment during the design, construction, operation, maintenance or abandonment of a pipeline.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 17(F);
  • SOR/2013-49, s. 15.
  •  (1) If a company finds a level of defect in excess of that allowed by CSA Z662 on its pipeline, the company shall document the particulars of the defect, its likely cause and the corrective action taken or planned to be taken.

  • (2) A company shall submit the documentation referred to in subsection (1) to the Board when required to do so.

  • SOR/2007-50, s. 18.

Change in Class Location

 If the class location of a section of a pipeline changes to a higher designation that has a more stringent location factor, the company shall, within six months after the change, submit the proposed plan to deal with the change to the Board.

Change of Service or Increase in Maximum Operating Pressure

 If a company proposes a change of service or an increase in the maximum operating pressure for the pipeline, the company shall submit an application for the change or increase to the Board.

Deactivation and Reactivation

  •  (1) If a company proposes to deactivate a pipeline or part of one for 12 months or more, has maintained a pipeline or part of one in a deactivated mode for 12 months or more or has not operated a pipeline or part of one for 12 months or more, the company shall submit an application for deactivation to the Board.

  • (2) The company shall include in the application the reasons, and the procedures that were or are to be used, for the activity that is the subject of the application.

  • SOR/2008-269, s. 2.
  •  (1) If a company proposes to reactivate a pipeline or part of one that has been deactivated for 12 months or more, the company shall submit an application for the reactivation to the Board.

  • (2) The company shall include in the application the reasons, and the procedures that are to be used, for the reactivation.

  • SOR/2008-269, s. 2.
 
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