Process Safety/Asset Integrity

Corporate Responsibility

Process Safety/Asset Integrity

Canadian Natural operates one of the largest inventories of upstream process equipment within Canada; additionally, Canadian Natural Resources International (CNRI) has offshore facilities located in the United Kingdom (UK) sector of the North Sea and Offshore Africa. We are committed to high levels of asset integrity to ensure safe, reliable, effective and efficient operations.

To manage the integrity and continuously improve the reliability of our operations — including pipelines, pressure equipment, tanks and infrastructure we use a proactive risk-based management approach. The cornerstone of our Asset Integrity Management System is ensuring that risks are identified, assessed and action plans are in place to prevent failures and incidents.

Asset Integrity Management System

The principal objective of our Asset Integrity Management System is to prevent injury to people arising from the operation of pressure equipment and to meet or exceed the requirements of the applicable regulators. A secondary objective is to reduce the risk of property damage due to pressure equipment failure.

Maintaining the integrity of our process equipment means preventing and minimizing spills, and loss of pressure containment. Asset Integrity programs are developed by specialized and highly qualified teams that conduct proactive, technical reviews of our equipment and how it is operated, to help ensure worker safety and reduce environmental incidents by minimizing the exposure to risks. Our programs include inspections, evaluations, monitoring and mitigation strategies to protect people, the environment and the integrity of our assets.

Our integrity programs are continuously enhanced, optimized and maintained in all our operations. We incorporate learnings from internal and external incident investigations into our work practices to improve reliability, process safety and mitigating strategies.

Our Asset Integrity Management System is based on the principles found in the Corporate Statement on Asset Integrity Management - essential to the way in which Canadian Natural conducts its business. Learn more about our Asset Integrity Management Systems in our 2016 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.

Process Safety Management

We focus on the integrity of our process equipment and structures across all of our operations as an essential part of ensuring safety company-wide. Canadian Natural’s Process Safety Management (PSM) framework provides an integrated and systematic approach to assuring the integrity of our operations. PSM is a management system that focuses on the prevention, mitigation of, response to and recovery from unplanned hydrocarbon releases. PSM integrates and aligns technical, maintenance, operational, organizational and human (leadership and competency) aspects of our business to prevent and manage potential risk to personnel, the environment and the facilities we operate.

Through our PSM framework, we continue to develop an integrated and systematic approach to assuring the safety and asset integrity of our oil and natural gas infrastructure and assets. Our focused approach on the key elements of PSM — greater hazard awareness, competency training, incident investigation and implementation of lessons learned, management of change and technical audits — continues across our operations.

Canadian Natural follows the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Process Safety Event Reporting Guide, and is an active member of CAPP’s PSM Committee to not only improve our corporate processes but also work with the upstream industry through shared learnings and best practices , including process safety metrics.

Learn more about our PSM initiatives and results in our 2016 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.

Enhancing Steady Reliable Operations Through Vision Alignment

Our Asset Integrity team has a single overriding vision to ‘ensure the safe, compliant, reliable operation of all assets.’  As a basis for all decision making, this clear vision provides a focus for team members that helps them understand their role within Canadian Natural. The following six key strategies help the team achieve this vision.

  • Structure and unite teams behind the assets they support
  • Adopt a proactive, collaborative approach to Asset Integrity Management
  • Promote a culture of full and open communication with other functional groups within the organization
  • Commitment to develop our people and our internal and external networks
  • Doing it right the first time
  • Promote a culture that identifies integrity threats, works to understand those threats and puts mitigation plans in place

Creating value through technical and regulatory expertise

Canadian Natural’s Corporate Integrity Advisory team consists of experienced individuals who are committed to helping the company navigate through the technical challenges associated with managing one of the largest upstream asset networks in Canada. The Corporate Integrity Advisory Team brings technical and regulatory expertise and experience in corrosion, materials, inspection, codes and standards and risk management. The technical skills of this group are employed across our operations to drive a consistent approach to problem solving and align solutions with industry best practices.