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OF-Surv-Inc-2013 092 01
6 February 2014
Mr. Ian Anderson
Kinder Morgan Canada Inc.
Suite 2700, 300 - 5 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 5J2
Dear Mr. Anderson:
Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. - Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC
Request to Lift Pressure Restriction - Safety Order SO-T260-005-2013
NPS 24 Mainline - Liquids Leak
Kilometer Post 923.5 - 12 June 2013
Kilometer Post 966.9 - 26 June 2013
On 12 and 26 June 2013, Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. (KMC) discovered and reported two separate leaks stemming from crack features on the Trans Mountain Pipeline (TMPL). These crack features were discovered as a result of inline inspections conducted in 2012 by KMC.
The National Energy Board (Board) issued Safety Order SO-T260-005-2013 (Safety Order) on 2 August 2013, pursuant to sections 12 and 48 of the National Energy Board Act. The Safety Order maintained a voluntary pressure restriction undertaken by KMC following the leak incidents. The Safety Order also outlined the Board’s precautionary measures and terms and conditions on which KMC may request a revision or lifting of the Board’s pressure restriction.
The Board has considered KMC’s requests dated 29 November 2013 and 5 December 2013 to lift the pressure restriction imposed under Condition 1 of the Safety Order on two segments of the TMPL, namely, Darfield to Kamloops and Kamloops to Sumas, located in British Columbia.
Based on the Board’s review of KMC’s submissions, including engineering assessments, the Board finds that KMC has complied with all the commitments outlined in its Integrity Assurance Plan, dated 9 July 2013, and Condition 5 of the Safety Order for the two TMPL segments identified above.
The Board, therefore, approves KMC’s request to lift the pressure restriction imposed under the Safety Order. KMC may return the two segments to full service.
The Board reminds KMC that it must demonstrate, for approval, compliance to its Integrity Assurance Plan and the Safety Order on all the remaining segments of the TMPL before the pressure restriction imposed under the Safety Order may be lifted.
Secretary of the Board
c.c. Mr. Hugh Harden, Vice President, Operations, KMC, Facsimile 403-514-6441
Ms. Ali Jakubec, Regulatory Compliance Lead, KMC, Facsimile 403-514-6622
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