November 17, 2018 3:48 pm
Updated: November 17, 2018 3:50 pm

Enbridge ups pressure on repaired gas line after explosion near Prince George

WATCH: (Aired Oct. 10) Enbridge natural gas pipeline explodes near Prince George


PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Enbridge Inc. says it has increased flow of natural gas through a segment of a pipeline that ruptured and burned near Prince George, B.C., more than a month ago.

The company says it will increase pressure to 85 per cent of its full capacity, up from 80 per cent, on a 91-centimetre pipeline following an amendment order from the National Energy Board.

READ MORE: Enbridge restarts 2nd natural gas pipeline after explosion near Prince George

The federal regulator had ordered Calgary-based Enbridge to limit gas flows at 80 per cent pressure levels from the blast site.

WATCH: (Aired Oct. 11) Enbridge gets approval to restart secondary gas line

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The Oct. 9 explosion ruptured the 91-centimetre natural gas pipeline, but did not damage an adjacent 76-centimetre pipeline, which was supplying natural gas on a reduced basis to about a million customers in the province.

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The company says it is continuing to work to ensure gas flows are back to full operating capacity while conducting safety inspections.

Once the repaired segment is returned to full service, Enbridge has said the system is expected to deliver between 23 and 25 million cubic metres of natural gas per day to B.C.’s Lower Mainland and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

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