The National Energy Board (NEB) is launching a one-year pilot program to make a key safety standard, known as CSA Z662 – Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems (CSA Z662), available online to the public free of charge. Previously this information was only available to the public through a paid online subscription, the NEB’s onsite library or through interlibrary loans across Canada.
CSA Z662 is incorporated by reference in the NEB Onshore Pipeline Regulations (OPR) making it a regulation that applies to NEB-regulated oil and gas pipelines. It is also included in the filing manual and companies must follow CSA Z662 when they submit an application for a new project.
CSA Z662 is comprised of over 500 pages of prescriptive and performance-based requirements and covers the technical aspects of design, construction, operation, maintenance, deactivation, and abandonment of oil and gas industry pipeline systems. CSA Z662 is continually reviewed and updated to incorporate lessons learned, technological advancements, and best practices.
The pilot runs until March 2018 with the NEB covering the cost so Canadians can have full, digital access.
For further information on the NEB and its mandate, visit www.neb-one.gc.ca.