Compressed natural gas station
Our compressed natural gas (CNG) station in southwest Winnipeg provides a back-up supply of natural gas to our 275,000 natural gas customers across southern Manitoba.
The CNG station allows us to respond in emergencies, plan outages for repairs without a disruption in supply, and provide a safe and more reliable distribution network for our customers.
How a compressed natural gas station works
A CNG station looks similar to a gas station. If supply is disrupted in a natural gas line, CNG tube trailers can be filled with compressed natural gas and driven to the site. The transport truck connects to a local injection point in the distribution system and natural gas is restored to the customer while repairs are undertaken.
The need for a back-up supply became very evident after an incident in Otterburne in January 2014 on TransCanada Corporation’s pipeline. Over 4,000 homes and approximately 15,000 people in south-central Manitoba were left without natural gas for days. Our electrical system was strained, as people heated homes with electric space heaters and stoves.