December 8, 2005
Incident at Regina Compressor Station
- Update 1:00 p.m.
TransGas, the pipeline transmission
subsidiary of SaskEnergy, continues to investigate an
incident which occurred this morning at its Regina
TransGas Compressor Station, located 3 kilometres
southwest of the city.
At approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning,
there was an incident at the facility involving a high
pressure natural gas pipeline failure, which resulted in
a large flame emitting from the facility. As designed,
the facility's emergency shutdown systems engaged
immediately. There were no injuries to any individuals
as a result of the incident.
Emergency responders, including the
Regina Fire Department and the RCMP, worked with
TransGas officials to secure the site as a precaution.
An investigation is underway to determine the exact
cause of the incident.
Natural gas service to the City of
Regina is not in jeopardy as alternate supply
arrangements have been made. Repairs to the facility
will begin immediately; however, in order to facilitate
these repairs, TransGas crews will be required to vent
high-pressure natural gas at points along the system
near the facility. Residents in the area may hear the
sound of venting gas but should be assured this is
standard procedure for repairing an incident like this.
There is no danger from this venting procedure, which is
being undertaken in consultation with the Regina Fire
It is unlikely that natural gas service
will be affected for the approximately 110 customers of
SaskEnergy in the rural area surrounding the facility.
At present, service to these rural customers has been
maintained and all efforts will be made to ensure
natural gas service continues for these customers.
Further updates will be provided as more
information is made available.
For further information, please contact:
Executive Director, Corporate Affairs