Facilities Integrity

Corporate Responsibility

Facilities Integrity

We strive to ensure our pressure equipment is maintained and operated in a safe manner to prevent incidents and safeguard our people and the environment. We have systems in place to manage the integrity of each piece of pressure equipment for all our operations, based on evaluations that prioritize our inspection, monitoring and maintenance plans.

Pressure Equipment Integrity Management Systems

To manage the integrity of our pressure equipment in Canada, we have developed and implemented Pressure Equipment Integrity Management Systems (PEIMS) for North America Exploration and Production (NA E&P) and Oil Sands Mining and Upgrading operations. Our PEIMS are supported by Canadian Natural’s Management, Operations, Engineering, Asset Integrity and Safety groups. Each program is registered and remains fully compliant with the regional jurisdictions in which we operate. They are subject to periodic audits by the provincial pressure equipment safety authorities — the Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA) and the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSASK).

Our PEIMS are in-house quality assurance programs. All our personnel involved in these undergo certification and a rigorous competency assessment so that they can perform pressure equipment inspections, facilities engineering support, and operations and maintenance work on piping systems effectively and efficiently. To ensure they are properly trained, our PEIMS includes a Competency Based Training Program that focuses on training requirements/areas needed for each job.

In alignment with our North American operations, our International division has Integrity Management Systems in place for Pressure Systems (PSIMS), Pipelines (PIMS), Structures (SIMS) and Subsea Control Systems (SCIMS).

Pressure Equipment Assessments

Other key components of our Asset Integrity Management System include:

  • Risk-based pressure equipment assessments — Thorough technical review of our equipment is carried out to determine if we can extend inspection frequencies cost effectively, while maintaining safety and reliability of our facilities. These assessments enhance asset integrity and optimize the inspection intervals for pressure equipment in our NA E&P operations.
  • Corrosion under insulation inspections (CUI) — To manage the threat of potential incidents due to corrosion on our offshore platforms, a CUI strategy prioritizes the inspection and repair requirements through Risk Based Inspection (RBI) assessments, reducing the risk of leaks.

Read our 2017 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders for more information on our Facility Integrity management programs.