Every part of the Kitimat LNG Project will adhere to Chevron Canada’s philosophy of Operational Excellence with the goal of being incident and injury free. Operational Excellence means that at Chevron, we believe all incidents are preventable, and we have policies, processes, tools and behavioural expectations in place to achieve that goal.
Our process for managing safety on the Kitimat LNG Project identifies and evaluates job hazards, specifies how to control them, and establishes safe behaviours. Supervisors at every level are required to understand their responsibilities and translate those into actions visible to the workforce. We work closely with contractors to help instill safe behaviours and to identify and mitigate hazards. Employees and contractors alike are authorized to stop any work that does not comply with the Tenets of Operation without negative repercussions.
Our efforts to create and maintain an industry-leading safety culture include starting meetings with safety moments, tracking progress and rewarding individuals and work groups for strong safety performance, sharing best practices or lessons learned and using behaviour-based safety evaluations. Our “Zero is Attainable” awards are granted to eligible Chevron business units, work groups or facilities that complete 1,000 days, or 1 million work hours with zero days away from work incidents and no fatalities.
bringing down the stack – safely
Kitimat LNG crews remove a smelt stack as part of the ongoing Industrial site demolition and decommissioning work.
producing natural gas safely
Chevron is committed to safely and responsibly developing Canada's unconventional resources while ensuring the highest level of environmental protection. This includes reducing water use, safeguarding groundwater and developing hydraulic fracturing fluids with the smallest possible environmental impact.
Chevron wells are developed following industry best practices, rigorous standards and processes to prevent groundwater impact. Technology is in place to manage hydraulic fracturing fluid in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. We strive to recycle and reuse all well flowback and produced water during the development phase. When not feasible, Chevron disposes all flow-back and produced water in accordance with government regulations at designated facilities. We are working closely with the BC Oil and Gas Commission to monitor seismic activity to ensure continued safe development of shale gas.
For the natural gas Pacific Trail Pipeline, we adhere to the highest standards available, protecting people and the environment and making sure everyone returns home to their families, safely every day. In addition to safety, we focus on environmentally sensitive areas such as native vegetation, fish and wildlife habitat, stream and river protection and the preservation of archaeological and heritage resource sites through impact assessments, environmental management plans, monitoring and restoration programs.
In Canada more than 5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas is safely delivered to homes and businesses every year while operating under the most stringent pipeline regulations in the world. The Pacific Trail Pipeline will be built with modern leak detection sensors and automatic shut-off safety systems. Regular aerial and ground surveys will ensure additional safety, and the pipeline will be monitored 24-7 and inspected periodically using an imaging device that travels through the interior of the pipeline.
natural gas pipeline construction
The Pacific Trail Pipeline will be constructed using proven technologies and techniques as well as materials that meet or exceed standards.
Stages of construction
- With necessary permits in place, clear a right-of-way to a width of 38 metres.
- Remove topsoil and store for later re-vegetation.
- Sections of pipe are welded together.
- Dig a trench to a depth of three metres.
- Lay pipe in the trench.
- Cover the pipeline.
- Begin re-vegetation, reducing the right-of-way to 18 metres.
- Compressed air and water hydro-testing is used to test pipeline for safety and reliability.
Chevron Canada believes in mitigating risk at the start of every project through careful design and selection of the safest route to transport natural gas. Before construction can begin, the Pacific Trail Pipeline will have received all the necessary regulatory approvals as well as easement and access rights.
During construction, Chevron Canada’s goals are to ensure the safety of the public, contractors and employees and to protect the surrounding environment.
We place the highest priority on safety every step of the way because safety is a fundamental core value that we will not compromise.
pacific trail pipeline construction techniques
A detailed look at how Chevron is committed to the PTP being built and operated in a manner that, above all, protects people and the environment.
safe LNG transportation
LNG carriers have been traveling the world’s oceans for more than 50 years without serious incident. The nature of liquid natural gas is that it is non-explosive and non-toxic. LNG carriers have sophisticated leak detection systems to continually monitor their LNG tanks. If a release of natural gas were to occur, the LNG would simply turn into a vapour and dissipate. LNG does not mix with water and is non-polluting and non-toxic.
Only state-of-the-art carriers equipped with advanced leak detection systems will be used for the Kitimat LNG Project. The design of the LNG carriers minimizes amount of natural gas that warms and vapourizes during transport. Any vapourized gas is collected and used as fuel to propel the vessel and improve efficiency.
All Chevron-owned and chartered fleet are double-hulled, with more than six feet of void space or water ballast between the outer and inner hulls and the cargo tanks. The double hulls help to prevent leakage or rupture in the event of an accident. LNG ships are also equipped with sophisticated leak detection technology, emergency shutdown systems, advanced radar and positioning systems, and numerous other technologies designed to ensure the safe and secure transport of LNG.
Please note that Kitimat LNG’s shipping carrier plans have not yet been determined.
LNG shipping: a record to be proud of
Learn more about safe LNG shipping around the world in this video from the BC LNG Alliance