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Canadian Energy Regulator Processing Plant Regulations (SOR/2003-39)

Regulations are current to 2020-11-17 and last amended on 2020-03-16. Previous Versions

PART 5Operation (continued)

 A company shall develop and implement a continuing educational program for the police, fire departments, medical facilities, other appropriate organizations and agencies and the public residing adjacent to its processing plant to inform them of the location of the plant, potential emergency situations involving the plant and the safety procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency.

 A company shall

  • (a) maintain communication facilities for the safe and efficient operation of its processing plant and for emergency situations;

  • (b) retain, in accordance with the record retention and handling program referred to in section 55, data recorded at the processing plant for analysis in the event of an incident;

  • (c) if practical, clearly mark the open and closed positions of main emergency shutdown valves;

  • (d) post along the boundaries of its processing plant signs indicating the name of the company and the telephone number to call in the event of an emergency at the processing plant; and

  • (e) post signs warning of potential hazards.

  • SOR/2013-17, s. 10

 A company shall

  • (a) operate all hazard-detection devices as part of regular maintenance activities to test whether they are functional; and

  • (b) document all tests, repairs and replacement of parts in the hazard-detection devices and retain, in accordance with the records retention and handling program referred to in section 55, the documents.

  • SOR/2013-17, s. 11

 A company shall develop and implement a processing plant integrity program that sets out management systems, records systems and methodologies for monitoring the processes and components and for mitigating identifiable hazards at the plant.

  •  (1) If a company proposes to deactivate a processing plant or part of one for 12 months or more, has maintained a processing plant or part of one in a deactivated mode for 12 months or more or has not operated a processing plant or part of one for 12 months or more, the company shall notify the Regulator of that fact.

  • (2) The company shall set out in the notification the reasons, and the procedures that were or are to be used, for the activity that is the subject of the notification.

  • SOR/2008-270, s. 2
  • SOR/2020-50, s. 36
  •  (1) If a company proposes to reactivate a processing plant or part of one that has been deactivated for 12 months or more, the company shall notify the Regulator of that fact before the reactivation.

  • (2) The company shall set out in the notification the reasons, and the procedures that are to be used, for the reactivation.

  • SOR/2008-270, s. 2
  • SOR/2020-50, s. 36
  •  (1) If a company proposes to decommission a processing plant or part of one, the company shall submit an application for the decommissioning to the Commission.

  • (2) The company shall include in the application the reasons, and the procedures that are to be used, for the decommissioning.

  • SOR/2008-270, s. 2
  • SOR/2020-50, s. 35
  •  (1) A company shall develop and implement a training program for persons who are directly involved in the operation of its processing plant.

  • (2) The company shall ensure that the training program instructs those persons on

    • (a) the safety regulations and procedures applicable to the day-to-day operation of the processing plant;

    • (b) responsible environmental practices and procedures in the day-to-day operation of the processing plant;

    • (c) the proper operating procedures for the equipment that the persons could reasonably be expected to use; and

    • (d) the emergency procedures set out in the manual referred to in section 35 and the operating procedures for all emergency equipment that the persons could reasonably be expected to use.

  • SOR/2013-17, s. 12(F)

 The company shall ensure that all visitors to its processing plant are made familiar with the components of the safety program necessary for their personal safety before they enter the plant.

PART 6Reporting

 A company shall immediately notify the Regulator of any incident relating to the construction, operation or abandonment of its processing plant and shall submit to the Regulator a preliminary incident report as soon as practicable and a detailed incident report as soon as practicable.

  • SOR/2020-50, s. 36

 A company shall

  • (a) immediately notify the Regulator of any hazard that renders or may render its processing plant unsafe to operate; and

  • (b) as soon as practicable provide the Regulator with a report assessing the hazard identified in paragraph (a) including a proposed contingency plan and a description of the cause, duration and potential impacts of the hazard, of repairs to be made and of measures to prevent future failures.

  • SOR/2020-50, s. 36

 A company shall report to the Regulator, and to the appropriate authorities of the province in which its processing plant is located, any burning of either hydrocarbon gas or a byproduct of the processing of hydrocarbon gas that occurs as a result of an emergency condition.

  • SOR/2020-50, s. 36
  •  (1) In this section, suspend means to interrupt the operation of the whole or a portion of a processing plant due to an unforeseen event or to conduct scheduled maintenance, repairs or replacements.

  • (1.1) A company shall, as soon as practicable, notify the Regulator and the appropriate authorities of the province in which its processing plant is located of any decision made by the company to suspend

    • (a) the operation of the whole plant for a period exceeding 24 hours; or

    • (b) the operation of any portion of the plant for a period exceeding seven days.

  • (2) In addition to the notification under subsection (1.1), the company shall provide the following information to the Regulator and to the appropriate authorities of the province in which its processing plant is located:

    • (a) details of the operations to be suspended;

    • (b) the reason for the suspension;

    • (c) the duration of the suspension; and

    • (d) the effect of the suspension on the throughput of the plant, on the safety of persons or on the environment.

  • SOR/2013-17, s. 13
  • SOR/2020-50, s. 36

 A company shall prepare and keep current a report setting out the number of employees necessary to operate its processing plant safely and the competencies required for each position.

 A company shall, on a regular basis, conduct a balance analysis measuring input quantities and product and emission quantities for its processing plant.

PART 7Audits, Inspections and Record Retention

  •  (1) A company shall conduct audits and inspections on a regular basis to ensure that its processing plant is designed, constructed, operated or abandoned in compliance with

    • (a) Parts 2 and 3 of the Act;

    • (b) Part 6 of the Act as it relates to the safety and security of persons and for the protection of property and the environment;

    • (c) these Regulations; and

    • (d) the terms and conditions of any certificate or order issued by the Commission, as they relate to the safety and security of persons and for the protection of property and the environment.

  • (2) The company shall ensure that an audit sets out

    • (a) all cases of non-compliance that have been noted; and

    • (b) any corrective action taken or planned to be taken.

  • SOR/2020-50, s. 34
  •  (1) When a company constructs, operates or abandons a processing plant, the company or its agent or mandatary shall inspect the construction, operation or abandonment to ensure that the requirements of these Regulations are met and that the terms and conditions of any certificate or order issued by the Commission are complied with.

  • (2) The company shall ensure that an inspection is performed by a person who has sufficient expertise, knowledge and training to perform the inspection competently.

  • (3) The company shall ensure that its agent or mandatary is independent of any contractor hired to construct, operate or abandon the processing plant.

  • SOR/2020-50, s. 35
 
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