Fraser Valley/Vancouver – Fortis BC says customers can go back to normal use after an explosion and fire in a pipeline that forced a plea for conservation.
The utility had asked consumers to turn down the thermostat as supplies were limited to 50 to 80 per cent of normal levels during some of the coldest months of the year.
A blast back in early October shut down the Enbridge natural gas pipeline, The explosion was just outside of Prince George.
From their website:
Thanks to your conservation efforts, coupled with Enbridge’s pipeline returning to 85 per cent operating capacity, mild winter weather and our healthy storage levels, BC’s natural gas supply outlook is more optimistic. This means that for now, ongoing additional conservation measures are not currently needed.
Until Enbridge’s natural gas transmission pipeline returns to 100 per cent capacity, we encourage our customers to be mindful of their energy use while keeping homes warm and businesses working.
We will continue to update you throughout the winter on the status of BC’s gas supply.
Five-day natural gas supply forecast (December 17 – December 21)
The biggest factor in protecting our natural gas supply has been reducing demand. Here’s a five-day forecast to guide your conservation efforts.