Pipe­line blast forces For­tisBC to the open mar­ket for gas

The Prince George Citizen - - Local -

VANCOUVER — For­tisBC is look­ing at sev­eral op­tions to boost its stock of nat­u­ral gas in an ef­fort to get its customers through the win­ter after a pipe­line blast squeezed off sup­ply.

Sean Bear­dow, man­ager of cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions with For­tis, says the flow through the En­bridge pipe­line that ex­ploded in flames near Prince Ge­orge last month has reached about 55 per cent, far below what they’ll need this win­ter. He says the com­pany is get­ting more fuel from an Al­berta pipe­line and has re­ceived per­mis­sion from the B.C. Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion to pur­chase nat­u­ral gas on the open mar­ket. He says they’re look­ing at on the spot mar­ket to im­port com­pressed and liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas.

En­bridge has said it wants to get its pipe­line ca­pac­ity up to 80 per cent after the un­ex­plained ex­plo­sion.

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