SaskEnergy customers in the Melfort area got a rude awakening this morning (Wed).
The provincial gas company’s Casey MacLeod says the natural gas system there dropped in pressure, as a result of a transmission line rupturing.
She says crews were able to use a different line to continue giving customers natural gas.
“However in the time it took us to do that, the pressure did drop enough in our system,” MacLeod admitted. “There will be about 45-hundred customers in the area of those 3 communities, and the surround rural areas, that will have their natural gas service disrupted.
Those 3 are St. Brieux, Kinistino and Melfort. Additional resources have been sent to the area.
“We have over 30 technicians working out throughout these communities going door-to-door, helping customers restore their service and safely relay and restart their natural gas appliances.” she said.
The number of technicians has since increased to 40, according to the latest update from SaskEnergy, adding crews are expected to continue fixing the line into Wednesday evening.
MacLeod says once the line is fixed, an investigation into the cause will be conducted, which could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on how damaged the line is.
“The damage itself to the pipeline, give or take a metre of pipeline was damaged.” said the Senior Communications Officer, but reiterated they’ll know more once an investigation has been completed.
She says the number to call for those who lost service is 1-888-700-0427. Information can also be found online at www.saskenergy.com/safety/servicedisruption.asp.