Last year, Enbridge safely delivered billions of barrels of crude oil to refineries across North America to become the everyday energy we all rely on: gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel that drives our economy and powers our society. We also moved more than 8.2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to heat homes and drive industry, and generated thousands of megawatts of renewable energy to power our daily lives.
In 2017, we safely transported more than 3.7 billion barrels of oil. While we continue to drive towards our goal of preventing all incidents, we did experience 11 leaks last year with a total volume of 8,394 barrels of oil. Eight of the 11 leaks occurred and were contained on Enbridge’s property or within our facilities. Even though this is a strong safety record, we know that even one spill is too many and that you expect continued improvement from us, so we apply the lessons we learn from each incident to become even safer.
Barrels of crude oil safely delivered in 2017
Total barrels spilled in 2017
Barrels spilled within our facilities
Barrels spilled outside of Enbridge’s property in 2017
In 2017, we significantly increased the volume of oil delivered to meet society’s energy needs, delivering a record volume of 3.75 billion barrels, a 7% increase over 2016 and a 31% increase over 2015, while maintaining a strong safety performance. However, both the number of spills and the volume released increased from the record-low levels of the year before, serving as a reminder of the need for relentless vigilance and focus to ensure the continued safety and reliability of our operations.
In 2017, our gas pipelines transported nearly 22.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day, totaling more than 8.2 trillion cubic feet over the course of the year. During that time, we experienced 2 reportable leaks on our natural gas pipelines.
Together, Enbridge’s natural gas utilities – Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas - provide reliable natural gas service to approximately 3.7 million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State. In 2017, we safely delivered nearly 1.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to those customers.
To learn more about the energy we deliver to keep our society powered up and on the go, check out our energy dashboards, which provide a continual, minute-by-minute tally of the natural gas and crude oil we’re transporting and renewable energy we’re generating.
Last year we completed 26,719 pipeline inspections across our systems to assess and verify the health of our systems. This includes hundreds of inline inspections, more than 1,700 preventive maintenance digs and nearly 25,000 other assessments, including pressure tests, bridge, water crossing and slope inspections and examination of valves and other equipment.
Nearly $1,700,000 in grants to community first response agencies in 2017 and a total of nearly $12 million in Safe Community grants across Canada and the U.S. since 2002.
Since 2002, Enbridge has invested in the development of more than 3,800 MW gross of zero-emission energy (3,300 MW net)― enough power to meet the energy needs of more than 1.8 million homes.