HARDISTY, ALTA. – The National Energy Board (NEB) has announced the findings of its pre-construction audit of Enbridge Pipelines’ Line 3 Replacement Project to determine if it meets NEB requirements.
According to the board, Enbridge has a plan in place to manage safety and environmental protection during construction of the project.
NEB auditors went through 35 audit protocol questions, which included topics like hazard identification, risk assessment, communications and quality assurance. The company was non-compliant in one area of the audit because it did not have a documented process for sharing corrective actions and learnings with employees and contractors, a release from the board states. According to the NEB, Enbridge has already started to resolve the issue.
Auditors spent more than two months reviewing documents and site activities. This included interviewing employees and reading through internal documents that explain company procedures, training materials and staff responsibilities.
More than a dozen compliance verification activities have been completed, including onsite inspections, a review of the construction safety manual and meetings with the company.
Work on the project started this fall and the pipeline is scheduled to be in service in 2019.
Stretching from Alberta to Wisconsin, U.S., the Line 3 Replacement Program is the largest project in Enbridge’s history. It includes a Canadian $5.3-billion component and a US$2.9-billion American component. Once complete, crews will have replaced 1,660 kilometres of Line 3 with new pipeline and associated facilities on either side of the Canada-U.S. international border.