Canada’s pipeline network
With the majority of Canada’s oil deposits located inland, we rely on a complex network of pipelines, railways, and trucking routes to bring these resources to market. Canada’s 840,000-km pipeline network offers the least expensive, most efficient, and most sustainable method for shipping oil.
What is a pipeline?
- Gathering pipelines move crude oil and natural gas from their original source – wells in the ground – to collection sites or processing facilities. There are 250,000 km of gathering pipelines in Canada’s pipeline network.
- A network of 25,000 km of feeder pipelines transports crude oil, natural gas, and refined products from collection sites and processing facilities to transmission pipelines.
- Crude oil, natural gas, and refined products are transported through 117,000 km of transmission pipelines within provinces and across provincial or national borders. The 1,150-km long Trans Mountain Pipeline is an example of a transmission pipeline.
- There are 450,000 km of distribution pipelines that deliver natural gas directly to consumers.
What happens if we don’t ship oil by the Trans Mountain Pipeline?
Share the facts
Get updates in your inbox.