Northern Pipeline Process SSI

About The Project

Major Energy Client hired BASE Concepts Consulting Inc. to provide Site Specific Instructions for the operation of a pipeline that transports heated bitumen from their Bitumen Extraction Facility and Processing Facilities to the East Tank Farm.  The Project also included a parallel line for transporting diluent and diesel fuel from the East Tank Farm to the main facility.

Problem Statement

  • Client required step-by-step Site Specific Instructions for their pipeline facility including:
    • Initial startup
    • Normal operations 
    • Temporary Operations
    • Emergency operations 
    • Emergency shutdown
    • Normal shutdown
    • Startup following outage or Emergency shutdown



  • BASE developed Site Specific Instructions which satisfied the requirements and have been adopted as standards by the client.  The SSI’s included:
    • Precautions
    • Prerequisites & Initial Conditions
    • Special Tools and Equipment required
    • Procedure Instructions
    • Lock Out/Tag Out instructions
    • Flow Drawings detailing Opening and Closure of Valves and Location of Diluent Filled Lines
    • Operation and Maintenance of Critical Components