Enbridge has completed repairs on its 36-inch natural gas transmission pipeline that had ruptured on October 9 near Prince George. The pipeline is now operating at a reduced capacity of about 55 per cent operating pressure and will gradually ramp up to 80 per cent through November.
Reports of the pipeline repairs have caused some confusion on what this means for FortisBC’s natural gas supply and whether natural gas conservation is still required.
Until both Enbridge-owned pipelines are back at full operating pressure, FortisBC will have a constrained supply of natural gas and our gas system will be vulnerable during periods of colder weather. While bringing Enbridge’s full transmission to 80 per cent will be a positive step, it is not enough natural gas to support the typical winter natural gas consumption of our entire customer base.
As such, FortisBC is asking all customers to continue to conserve natural gas whenever possible throughout the winter. We continue to work to ensure that all of our customers have the natural gas they need this winter by working with industrial customers to optimize their energy use, maximizing the output of the Southern Crossing pipeline from Alberta and securing natural gas supply from the open marketplace to access in times of higher demand. Regular information updates are being planned to provide our customers with the latest information to help guide their conservation choices.