Oil Resources will be the designated operator of the pipeline
systems and facilities owned by the Mackenzie Gas producers
and the Mackenzie Valley pipeline co-venturers.
Staff will be needed to operate and maintain the pipelines
and the pipeline facilities. The current expectation is that
there will be staff onsite for an initial operating period
after start-up. It is expected that the Inuvik area facility
will be operated and maintained by personnel located onsite
on an ongoing, full-time basis. After the initial operating
period, the Storm Hills pigging facility, compressor stations,
heater station, interconnect facility and block valve sites
will likely not have staff onsite.
Personnel will visit these sites on a periodic basis for
surveillance, maintenance and other operations activities,
as required, including testing and troubleshooting, equipment
starting and stopping, and maintenance such as equipment vibration
surveys, filter and lube oil changes, and warehouse inventory
re-supply. Operations and maintenance personnel will travel
to these sites by all weather roads, winter roads, or by air.
The pipeline and pipeline facilities will be monitored continuously
(24 hours a day, seven days a week) from a central operations
control centre beginning at start-up and continuing throughout
their operating life. Activities at the operations control
centre will include adjusting flow rates, temperatures and
pressures, reading process and equipment alarms and shut-downs.
Other seasonal and periodic work, such as regular surveillance
and maintenance of the pipeline right-of-way and access roads,
will also be required.