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    Natural gas pipeline damaged in Parkland region: Manitoba Hydro


    October 6, 2021 - The Brandon Sun

     

      A natural gas pipeline in western Manitoba was damaged by an excavator late Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from Manitoba Hydro.

      The incident caused the Crown corporation to shut off the flow of the gas into its distribution system in the Parkland region. The Minell Pipeline, which is expected to take two to three days to repair, is located just west of McAuley.

      “There were no injuries, and this incident poses no threat to nearby communities or customers. Natural gas is venting safely to atmosphere and local staff are on-site with emergency personnel to ensure the site remains safe,” the release said, adding that no disruption to residential customers is expected.

      The communities of Russell, Inglis, Roblin, Riding Mountain West, Grandview, Gilbert Plains and Dauphin are served by gas from the Minell Pipeline.

      The amount of gas currently in the pipeline north of the disruption is expected to be enough to ensure continued service, Manitoba Hydro said.

      A natural gas trailer was dispatched from Winnipeg to Dauphin to inject natural gas into the distribution system, “which will help maintain pressure in the system and augment gas service to customers.”

      The company is seeking to obtain additional gas trailers to provide temporary service to other sites and specialized gas crews will commence repairs Wednesday morning.

      The Minell Pipeline is a transmission pressure pipeline owned by Manitoba Hydro that crosses the Saskatchewan–Manitoba boundary and travels up to Russell, where it feeds natural gas into the local distribution network, the company said.

      Updates will be available on Manitoba Hydro's Facebook and Twitter pages.

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