Pipeline Performance Measures Reporting

Pipeline Performance Measures Reporting [PDF 82 KB]

File OF-SURV-Gen 0802
11 July 2023

To: Specified CER-Regulated Companies

Pipeline Performance Measures Reporting

In 2012, the National Energy Board, now the Canada Energy Regulator (CER), introduced Pipeline Performance Measures (PPM) reporting requirements to promote continual improvement in the management of pipelines, assist in compliance verification planning, and to determine whether companies were providing information consistent with its existing knowledge of regulated assets.

PPM data has been submitted annually, aggregated, and posted on the CER website in a report allowing regulated companies to benchmark their pipeline performance against industry averages and inform improvements to their management systems and performance.

On 18 November 2021, the CER issued a notice to specified CER-regulated companies soliciting written feedback on newly proposed measures and organized several follow up virtual meetings to discuss the value of the project for industry, as well as the impact on their management systems. We compiled all of the feedback we received into a What We Heard report.

Through the consultation process, the CER heard that companies are no longer using the PPM or the aggregated data report to guide the improvement of their management systems, or for benchmarking purposes as originally intended. As company management systems have matured, companies now have and maintain internal company measures that are inherently more effective because they were selected intentionally by companies to relate to the goals, objectives, and targets specific to each company’s management system. The PPM program has helped companies develop and improve their management systems.

After consultation with our regulated companies and our subject matter experts within our organization, we have decided to close the PPM program as of 11 July 2023. The CER will no longer require companies to submit this data.

We are a learning organization. When we see there is something we can do to improve how we work, we act. By removing these reporting requirements, we reduce the regulatory burden on companies and support overall competitiveness.

We will continue to monitor that companies are following the rules of our Onshore Pipeline Regulations and have effective management systems to ensure pipelines are safe.

For more information, please contact the Director, Research and Innovation at 403-354-4364 or 1-800-899-1265 or email ResearchandInnovation@cer-rec.gc.ca.

Best regards,

Original signed by

Paula Futoransky
Acting Executive Vice President, Regulatory

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