NEB issues finalized order on mechanical properties of pipe and components

Order serves as an ongoing requirement for regulated companies to report pipe or components not meeting specifications

News Release
For Immediate Release

February 21, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta – National Energy Board

The National Energy Board (NEB) has finalized an Order that requires all regulated companies to report any identified pipe or components – received, installed or in service – that do not meet mechanical properties identified in industry standards or company specifications.

This Order builds on a series of enhanced quality assurance measures taken by the NEB including MO-001-2016, a Safety Advisory, and a technical workshop held in June 2017 with stakeholders representing regulators, industry and manufacturers. The first of its kind in Canada, the technical workshop facilitated open dialogue on quality assurance, from both a technical and safety culture standpoint.

The NEB maintains a proactive approach to regulating quality assurance programs. To date, there have been no reported incidents on in-service pipelines regulated by the NEB, where the root-cause has been attributed to pipe or components not meeting industry standards or company specifications for mechanical properties.


“We are leading the way in safety and environmental protection by working with a broader group of stakeholders to prevent incidents before they happen.”

– Peter Watson, Chair & CEO, National Energy Board

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The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. It regulates pipelines, energy development and trade in the public interest with safety as its primary concern. For more information on the NEB and its mandate,please visit the National Energy Board website.

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