Asset Integrity & Environmental Spill Management

To ensure the longevity and reliability of our assets, Crew prioritizes detection, prevention, and risk mitigation strategies to minimize equipment degradation, wear, and loss of containment.

Any damage to our facilities, equipment, or pipelines has the potential to significantly impact not just our operations but also the environment and our reputation. By combining preventive and responsive measures, we strive to minimize any potential environmental impact and maintain safe, consistent operations of our assets for years to come.

$1,880,000

dedicated to preventative measures in 2022

0.325

Crew’s five-year average pipeline performance is 0.325 incidents/1000 km1

Three

pipeline inspections performed in 2022

Reduced Spills

to lowest count in the past six years

80% Decrease

in number of reportable spills since 2017

Zero

hydrocarbon spills in 2022

Asset Integrity Management and Strategies

Our approach to asset integrity is centered around identifying and mitigating potential risks. Our Safety and Loss Management System incorporates performance indicators that we track and review quarterly and Integrity Management Plans (“IMPs”) for our facilities and pipelines that outline a comprehensive action plan for managing each asset.

Our Asset Integrity Team, which consists of our Chief Inspector, operations leadership, and engineering personnel, maintain a significant level of oversight of our facilities and pipelines, ensuring we incorporate our integrity activities throughout the decision-making processes. We assess asset integrity performance quarterly and perform formal management reviews of the IMPs annually. These reviews, on top of our regular preventative maintenance cycle, are instrumental in evaluating our performance and supporting the safety and reliability of our assets.

Crew performs risk assessments to prioritize our mitigative activities and focus on the early detection of potential degradations in systems, processes, and equipment. Select strategic measures to maintain the integrity of our assets include:

  • Right-of-way surveillance
  • Unscheduled monitoring and inspection of assets after weather events
  • Pipeline crossing inspections and flood monitoring
  • Routine geotechnical and hydro-technical monitoring
  • Leak detection

Technology is a critical element in supporting the longevity and reliability of our infrastructure. From inventory and work scheduling software to process monitoring instruments, slope monitoring tools, and non-destructive testing equipment, we continuously monitor and record process conditions to identify any abnormalities or changes that may impact our operations.

“Crew’s culture of collaboration, accountability, respect, and social responsibility continues to keep me engaged and wanting to be part of their success.”

– Gord Eykelenboom, Crew’s Chief Inspector since 2008

Environmental Spill Management
and Strategies

At Crew, we employ a three-pronged approach to mitigating and managing environmental releases: prevention, detection, and response.

Prevention

With detailed IMPs, ongoing in-line and proactive ultra-sonic inspections, and data-gathering systems such as failure reports, chemical reports, and cathodic surveys, Crew continuously identifies and mitigates potential risks while monitoring the effectiveness of our prevention systems. We carefully consider every aspect of our facilities, from engineering controls to equipment layout and material selection, to prioritize safe and reliable operational performance.

Detection

With trained employees monitoring process conditions recorded through our robust in-field instrumentation, metering balances, and high and low-pressure shutdowns, field anomalies or unexpected changes in data are flagged instantaneously.

Response

Our comprehensive Emergency Response Plan (“ERP”) provides our team with clear direction, tools, and resources to respond, contain, and remediate any spills quickly and effectively. As a Western Canadian Spill Service (“WCSS”) member, we maintain access to a shared network of spill containment and recovery equipment and participate in annual WCSS spill exercises. Our continued use of DATS enables Crew to track each incident and document the root cause, preventative measures, and remediation efforts. Leaks and spill events are discussed throughout the organization, and learnings are integrated into design changes and future risk decisions.

Reportable Spills

Crew experienced three reportable spills in 2022. The largest spill was 22 m3 of produced water which was found in the secondary containment of a tank. With this spill, no fluid was exposed to the ground. The spill was immediately identified, and the cause of the spill repaired, with mitigating actions implemented field wide.

1 The Industry Pipeline Performance Rate, published by the AER, for 2021 is 0.78 incidents/1000 km.