The National Energy Board is launching a new and interactive online tool that provides Canadians with information on what products are moving through NEB-regulated pipelines.

The Pipeline Portal provides easy-to-use information on what has been shipped on most large NEB-pipelines since 2006. Where available, data is provided at key points, including every international export/import point.

"Canada is a vast nation with a diverse energy mix,” Peter Watson, chair and chief executive officer of the NEB, said in a news release. “A better understanding of what energy is produced, as well as how, when and where it's transported will lead to a more informed energy dialogue across the country.”

The traffic data available on the easy-to-use pipeline portal includes:

  • The type of product (e.g. heavy oil, natural gas) moving through the pipeline;

  • The amount of product moving at key points on the line (based on physical movements, not just contractual exchanges of energy);

  • The approximate capacity of each pipeline; and,

  • Daily data for natural gas pipelines and monthly data for oil pipelines.

Although some companies are exempt from filing pipeline traffic data, the NEB is currently reviewing all exemptions to these filing requirements with the goal of maximizing data transparency.

The NEB said it is committed to increasing the amount of energy and pipeline information available to the public and the new Pipeline Portal complements information already published by the board. This includes a recently launched Interactive Pipeline Map, a regularly updated Safety and Environmental Performance Dashboard, and detailed financial analysis of Canada's pipeline transportation system.