To address the specific features of its business, Trapil has deployed four carefully aligned management systems: Quality; Health, Safety and the Environment; Metrology, and Metering & Testing.
> Our strategic vision and our commitments (pdf file - French language).
As a link in the oil supply chain, Trapil has been engaged since 1992 in a quality process designed to drive continuous improvement in its customer services.
The regular renewal of our ISO 9001 certification since 1994 offers a compelling demonstration of this flawless dedication and unceasing commitment.
> Our quality policy (pdf file - French language).
> AFAQ 2015 certificate (pdf file - French language).
Health, safety and the environment
Trapil’s primary objective is to keep people healthy and safe as they work in its installations and its environment. Our performance in this area is being supported by an effective HSE system.
> Our HSE policy (pdf file - French language).
Thanks to our risk management procedures, pipeline transportation is exceptionally safe compared with other means of delivering petroleum products.
This excellent performance has been driven by the combination of several factors:
- The pipes are made of steel and buried, which greatly attenuates the risk of an accident during nearby digging;
- Any digging near the pipelines must be notified so that protective measures can be taken;
- The pipelines are regularly monitored by overflights and field inspectors to detect any unauthorized digging;
- The pipes are regularly inspected and verified to prevent any metal fatigue or failure;
- The pipelines and their operating infrastructure, as well as the pumping stations, depots and other installations, are all covered by maintenance and inspection plans. For many decades, they have also been subject to extensive regulations, with compliance regularly audited by the Regional Environment, Development and Housing Agencies (DREALs).
In addition, emergency response plans have been prepared with the civil authorities and frequent drills are conducted to ensure that both Trapil teams and public emergency services can respond quickly and effectively in the event of an incident.
Metrology Quality Assurance
Our Metrology Quality Assurance system guarantees the metrological characteristics of the proprietary measuring instruments used to meter the petroleum products transported in our operated pipelines.
> Our Metrology Quality Assurance policy (pdf file - French language).
Accreditation under France’s COFRAC system attests to the technical capabilities and impartiality of our calibration and testing laboratories.
> Our COFRAC policy (pdf file - French language).
A full description of the scope of our accreditations is available on the COFRAC website or upon request.
- Poissy Testing Laboratory
- Champforgeuil Testing Laboratory
- Temperature Measurement Laboratory
- Pressure Measurement Laboratory
- Density Measurement Laboratory
- Volume Measurement Laboratory
- Liquid Flow Measurement Laboratory
By design, transporting petroleum problems by pipeline is environmentally friendly and energy efficient, because unlike with tank trucks or other means, a pipeline only uses energy to move the product. That’s why pipeline transportation is seven times more energy efficient than overland carriage.
Pollution and waste management: Trapil produces very little waste, which is treated in full compliance with applicable legislation.
Sustainable use of resources: the pumping units are powered by electricity, whose use is constantly optimized with dedicated proprietary software programs.
Greenhouse gases: a carbon audit has shown that pipeline transportation, as managed by Trapil, offers excellent performance compared with other means of bulk carriage, the product being transported without dead weight to be moved and without empty return.
Biodiversity: whenever a significant route change is planned, an impact study is performed to assess the potential impact on the surrounding environment, fauna and flora. Except for these works projects, pipeline operations do not have any impact on biodiversity.
Neighboring communities: a pipeline is not a source of any disamenities for neighboring communities. By comparison, supplying the average depot by truck would require the use of nearly 100 tank trucks a day to deliver the same tonnage as the pipeline. This means that pipeline transportation eliminates noise and air pollution, while considerably reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Carbon impact ratios of the various means of transporting refined petroleum products: