National Energy Board and Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources partner for integrity management workshops

    CALGARY, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board (NEB) is partnering
with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources (ER) to deliver
workshops in Regina and Estevan on pipeline integrity management programs and
pipeline pigging.
    "All regulators in western Canada are committed to working with the
pipeline industry to ensure integrity management programs are working for the
safety and benefit of Canadians," says NEB Chair Gaétan Caron. "Through these
workshops, we'll be able to share best practices, strengthen integrity
management programs, and avoid regulatory overlap."
    Provincial and federal governments, as well as several industry
representatives, expressed the need for a more efficient regulatory system
that reduces the amount of overlap and duplication between regulators. The NEB
and ER, along with the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) and the Manitoba
Public Utilities Board (MPUB) are taking steps towards achieving this through
the development of the workshops.
    The goal of the integrity workshops is to discuss the current state of
the industry, outline the elements of an effective integrity management plan,
discuss regulatory requirements and have an open forum about industry best
practices. The pigging forum will allow participants to share best practices
on existing pipeline inspections that use pigging, as well as guidelines for
making further improvements to effective pigging programs. Pipeline pigging
refers to the practice of using pipeline cleaning and inspection devices
called "pigs" to perform various operations on a pipeline.
    Workshops have already been held in Fort St. John, Victoria, and
Winnipeg, and will soon be taking place in Regina, Estevan, Fort St. John,
Edmonton and Calgary.
    The sessions are open to all interested parties, but attendance will be
capped at 75 participants per session. Please visit: and
click on "Safety" then "Pipeline Integrity, Pigging, and Integrity Management
of Sour Service Pipelines Workshops - register online" to register.

    Workshop locations and information

    Location      Date              Time                 Venue
    Regina, SK    October 15 - 16   8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Regina Inn Hotel &
                                                          Conference Centre
                                                         (1975 Broad Street)
    Estevan, SK    November 5 - 6   8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Days Inn (1305 9th

    The NEB is an independent federal agency that regulates several parts of
Canada's energy industry. Its purpose is to promote safety and security,
environmental protection, and efficient energy infrastructure and markets in
the Canadian public interest, within the mandate set by Parliament in the
regulation of pipelines, energy development and trade.

For further information:

For further information: Lauren Hopkins (,
Communications Officer, National Energy Board, Telephone: (403) 299-3712

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