Canada Energy Regulator (CER) Audit Close-out Letter – Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. (TNPI) – Control Room Management Program
13 May 2021
Ms. Jane Keast
President and CEO
Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc.
310 – 45 Vogell Road
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3P6
Dear Ms. Keast:
- Canada Energy Regulator (CER) Audit Close-out Letter
Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. (TNPI) – Control Room Management
The CER conducted an operational audit of TNPI as per section 103 of the Canadian Energy Regulator Act (S.C. 2019, c. 28, s. 10) (CER Act) to evaluate the company’s control room management of liquid pipelines.
The objectives of the audit were to verify that TNPI has developed and implemented a pipeline control system and leak detection system in accordance with the requirements of the Canadian Energy Regulator Onshore Pipeline Regulations (SOR/99-294) (OPR) and CSA Z662 – Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems and verify that the control room operation and maintenance processes are effectively integrated within the company’s management system.
The audit was conducted during the period from 31 July 2019 to 12 December 2019. A final audit report was issued on 28 March 2020 in which nine non-compliant findings were identified. TNPI provided a Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) Plan to address the non-compliances on 15 May 2020, which was approved by the CER on 27 May 2020.
Following the approval of a CAPA Plan, the CER verifies that the corrective and preventive actions in the plan are implemented in accordance with the details committed to within the approved plan. Upon verification by the CER staff that CAPA Plans are implemented, the CER closes out the audit. Over the review period, TNPI demonstrated that it had completed its corrective and preventive actions in accordance with the approved CAPA Plan.
With the issuance of this letter, the CER considers the audit of TNPI Control Room Management to be closed. The CER reminds TNPI that once CAPA Plans are closed, they are considered to be implemented, and TNPI is accountable to maintain compliance by continuing to implement and manage its activities and facilities in accordance with the OPR and it’s committed to changes. The CER will verify ongoing compliance through future compliance verification activities.
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