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Natural gas flowing again on pipeline damaged earlier in week

This article was published in October 2021 and may be outdated.

A natural gas pipeline in western Manitoba damaged Tuesday when punctured by an excavator was put back into full service shortly after noon today.

“Our crews worked almost around the clock to ensure repairs were completed as safely and as quickly as possible,” said Manitoba Hydro’s Tim Yaremchuk, Parkland West Department Manager.

“We were helped tremendously by the recent warm weather in our repairs and by the cooperation and support of our customers. Our goal all along was to get natural gas flowing again in time for the Thanksgiving weekend and as the forecast calls for cooler temperatures.”

The Minell Pipeline was damaged late Tuesday afternoon in a rural area west of McAuley, Manitoba. There were no injuries, and this incident posed no threat to nearby communities or customers.

The Minell Pipeline is a transmission pressure pipeline owned by Manitoba Hydro that crosses the Saskatchewan–Manitoba boundary and travels up to Russell, where it feeds natural gas into the local distribution network.

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