The facility near Inuvik and intermediate compressor stations
will be operated by personnel located onsite 24 hours per
day during the initial start-up phase. Activities might include
general surveillance, testing and troubleshooting, equipment
starting and stopping, and maintenance such as equipment vibration
surveys, filter and lube oil changes, and warehouse inventory
Each facility would be continuously monitored and designed
to operate remotely from an offsite operations control centre.
This includes performing activities such as adjusting flow
rates, temperatures and pressures, reading process and equipment
alarms, and shut downs.
central control system would be used to operate the entire
system more efficiently. Canadian pipeline operations control
centres are typically centralized. For example, TransCanada
Pipelines and Imperial Oil Limited Pipelines have control
centres in Calgary; Enbridge's is located in Edmonton. The
operations control centre could also be located with the facilities
near Inuvik and Norman Wells.
At some point, some or all of the facilities might be operated
remotely with personnel visiting on an as needed basis. In
this case, the facilities would continue to be monitored full-time
and controlled remotely from the operations control centre.
Staff would visit the site on a periodic basis for surveillance,
maintenance, and other operations activities, as required.
Once the pipelines are in operation, they will be continuously
monitored from the operations control centre. Periodic inspections
and maintenance activities will be performed after appropriate
planning and training. Activities might include internal and
external pipeline inspections, maintenance of the right-of-way,
testing, and fuel re-supply of block valve sites.
In addition, pipeline operations and maintenance support
might be set up along the pipeline corridor at communities
that have important infrastructure such as airports and all
weather road access. Facilities at these locations might include
offices, a warehouse and storage yard.
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