At the NEB, the safety of Canadians and the environment is our primary concern.
And so, we regulate companies to maintain the highest level of pipe and fitting quality assurance.
Just like the plumbing in your house, pipelines have both pipe and fittings (also called components) like flanges, tees, bends, and reducers.
Fittings are used to:
- connect pieces of pipe together
- control the flow direction through pipes
- change the direction of the flow, and
- change the flow rate
Fittings are manufactured following recognized standards like the Canadian Standards Association, and they must pass mandatory tests for safety and quality assurance.
One example is tensile testing where samples of the steel in the pipeline and fittings are stretched to breaking point.
It tests that the steel used is strong enough for the pressure of the product that will flow through it.
The manufacturer, and the pipeline company, are both required by the NEB to run tests before components are put into service.
This means all pipes, and fittings, are tested in two ways.
And, they must all be tested to a pressure at least 25 per cent over what they were designed to operate at.
Unless all tests are passed, the pipeline cannot be put into service.
This ensures first-class safety standards.
Want to learn more about pipeline fittings and the roles of the NEB?
you can find more information on our webpage.
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