Pipeline Profiles: Many Islands

Pipeline system and key points

Section updated June 2020

Many Islands Pipe Lines (Canada) Limited (MIPL) owns the Many Island pipeline system.

The Many Islands pipeline system consists of eight pipelines crossing the Alberta/Saskatchewan border, the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border and the Saskatchewan/United States border. In Saskatchewan, the Many Islands pipeline system interconnects with the pipeline facilities of provincially regulated TransGas Limited.

The MIPL pipelines were placed into service between 1966 and 2000. At the end of 2017, CER regulated assets include 441 km of pipeline and various auxiliary infrastructure (including deactivated segments).

Official CER documents related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Many Islands pipeline system are available: Many Islands Pipeline (Canada) Limited regulatory (facilities) [Folder 231001].

You can see the Many Islands Pipeline System and all CER-regulated pipelines on the CER’s Interactive Pipeline Map. The map shows more detailed location information, the products carried by each pipeline, the operating status and more. You can also view maps on TransGas’ website.

Pipeline map

Many Islands pipeline system map

Source: CER

Text version of this map

This map provides an overview of the Many Islands pipeline.


Section updated June 2020

A toll is the price charged by a pipeline company for transportation and other services. Tolls allow pipeline companies to safely operate and maintain pipelines. Tolls also provide funds for companies to recover capital (the money used to build the pipeline), pay debts, and provide a return to investors.

The interactive graph below shows segment specific, full path tolls on Many Islands pipelines.

Open data can be freely used and shared by anyone for any purpose. The data for these graphs are available.

MIPL is subject to Group 2 financial regulation and tolls on the Many Islands pipelines are regulated by the CER on a complaint basis.

Official CER documents related to the traffic, tolls, and tariffs for the Many Islands Pipeline are available: Many Islands Pipeline tolls documents [Folder 611065].

Abandonment funding

Section updated June 2020

The CER requires pipeline companies to set aside funds to safely cease operation of a pipeline at the end of its useful life. In 2013, MIPL estimated it would cost $94.4 million to do this for the Many Islands pipeline system. In 2018, it updated this estimate to $116.7 million. MIPL is exempt from the requirement to set aside funds, because MIPL is a Crown corporation ultimately owned by the province of Saskatchewan and the risk that funds will not be available to safely and effectively abandon Many Islands is low. MIPL is required to file an annual reporting form, Appendix XVI, for companies using set-aside mechanisms other than trusts, and exempt companies. Official CER documents related to abandonment funding are available, sorted by year and by company: abandonment funding documents [Folder 3300366].

Pipeline financial information

Section updated June 2020

Pipeline companies report important financial information to the CER quarterly or annually. A solid financial position enables companies to maintain their pipeline systems, attract capital to build new infrastructure, and meet the market’s evolving needs. The data in this table comes from MIPL‘s annually submitted Audited Financial Statements [Folder 573236]. MIPL’s assets increased in 2015 due to additions to property, plant, and equipment using proceeds from long-term debt.

Many Islands pipeline system financial information

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Table 2: Many Islands pipeline system financial data
(Jan – Dec 2013)
(Jan – Dec 2014)
(Jan 2015 – Mar 2016)
(Mar 2016 – Mar 2017)
(Mar 2017 – Mar 2018)
(Mar 2018 – Mar 2019)
(Mar 2019 – Mar 2020)
Revenues (million $) 4.3 4.4 7.2 5.4 5.5 5.7  
Expenses (million $) 3.6 4.0 5.6 3.9 5.1 6.1  
Net income (million $) 0.2 0.1 0.9 1.0 0 -0.4  
Assets (million $) 15.8 17.1 27.3 24.2 29.2 54.7  
Corporate financial information

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MIPL is a wholly owned subsidiary of SaskEnergy Incorporated, a Saskatchewan provincially regulated Crown Corporation which distributes natural gas.

Financial regulatory audits

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The CER audits pipeline companies to confirm compliance with the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, regulations, CER orders and CER decisions. Financial regulatory audits focus on whether the company has complied with all CER regulations, toll orders and other accounting, reporting and toll and tariff matters. MIPL’s last audit was completed on 29 March 2018.

Official CER documents related to MIPL’s financial regulatory audits are available: Many Islands Pipe Lines (Canada) Limited regulatory documents (financial regulatory audits) [Folder 3269176].

Condition compliance

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Every pipeline company in Canada must meet federal, provincial or territorial, and local requirements. This includes Acts, Regulations, rules, bylaws, and zoning restrictions. Pipelines are also bound by technical, safety, and environmental standards along with company rules, protocols and management systems. In addition to these requirements, the CER may add conditions to regulatory instruments that each company must meet. Condition compliance is monitored by the CER and enforcement action is taken when required. For a detailed list of conditions that MIPL must meet, and their status, please see the condition compliance table and search for “Many Islands Pipe Lines (Canada) Limited”.

Safety performance

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The CER holds the companies it regulates accountable to protect the safety of Canadians and the environment. As part of this accountability, companies must report to the CER events such as incidents and unauthorized third-party activities that happen without the pipeline company’s written consent. For a summary of pipeline incidents and unauthorized activities on the Many Islands Pipeline System since 2008, visit the Safety performance dashboard and select “Many Islands Pipe Lines (Canada) Limited”.

Emergency management

Section updated June 2020

The CER checks to make sure companies are keeping pipelines safe by doing inspections, in-depth safety audits, and other activities. Yet, even with these precautions, an emergency could still happen. Sound emergency management practices improve public safety and environmental protection outcomes, and provide for more effective emergency response.

The CER holds its regulated companies responsible for anticipating, preventing, mitigating, and managing incidents of any size or duration. Each company must have an emergency management program that includes detailed emergency procedures manuals to guide its response in an emergency situation. We oversee the emergency management program of a regulated company’s projects as long as they operate.

The CER requires companies to publish information on their emergency management program and their emergency procedures manuals on their websites so Canadians can access emergency management information. To view Many Islands’ Emergency Response Manual, go to their Emergency Response Documents website.

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