TransCanada has an industry-leading safety record building and operating pipelines across North America for more than 60 years. Our first priority is the safety of our employees and the public.
Safety is built into the full life cycle of a pipeline, starting with design, construction, operation and eventually abandonment or retirement.
Pipeline routing is optimized to reduce impacts and risks to the environment, population, and to reduce integrity concerns. Avoiding or minimizing unstable slopes and crossing major waterways at the least impact location are examples.
The pipe, coatings and components are specified and manufactured to TransCanada’s specifications which are frequently more stringent than industry standards.
TransCanada employs industry best practices during construction. The quality, safety and inspection standards we adhere to on all of our projects are truly among the best in the world. Key points of TransCanada’s standards:
- We have led the way in the use of high-strength steels and the latest corrosion-resistant coatings
- We require every weld made on our pipelines to be inspected by qualified independent inspectors
- We are the only company in North America that regularly uses automated ultrasonic testing of our pipes to look for defects before they go into service
In 2011, TransCanada invested more than $800 million in our long-term maintenance and pipeline integrity programs. North Americans rely on us for the safe delivery of critical energy products every day, and this significant investment shows how seriously we take our responsibilities and commitment to safety.
Each day in the U.S. more than 2.5 million miles of pipelines move oil and other energy products safely to where they are needed — that’s enough pipe to circle the Earth 100 times. In fact the U.S. Department of Transportation has stated that pipelines are the safest method of moving oil — safer than tankers, trucks or rail.