About three million barrels of oil a day move through the pipelines of the world’s sixth largest producer of oil. But thanks to a complex and secure distribution system, not a single liter of Canadian petroleum products is stolen.
A senior official at the Canadian Fuels Association told the Mexican news agency Notimex that the country’s pipeline network is equipped with sophisticated security systems that include a network of surveillance cameras.
Rob Hoffman also explained that the volume of oil passing through the pipelines is monitored constantly. Another measure that discourages theft is the depth at which the pipelines are buried — two meters.
“As far as I know, we have no records of theft in oil pipelines or refineries, other than the occasional gasoline thefts from convenience stores.”
The key to guarantee that level of security in the transportation and distribution of oil and its byproducts, said Hoffman, is to establish consistent operational practices and to have a good surveillance system.
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr confirmed that there have been no large-scale fuel thefts recorded in Canada.
The country’s petroleum output last year was 3.8 million barrels a day. Mexico’s current output is just over 2 million barrels a day.
Source: Milenio (sp)