Natural gas distribution
We are the major natural gas distributor in Manitoba. Using a vast network of transmission and distribution pipelines, we deliver natural gas to 279,268 customers in 130 communities across southern Manitoba.
In an average year, over a billion cubic metres of natural gas are delivered through our system. Nearly 100% of that natural gas is brought in from Alberta by a main-line transmission pipeline owned by TransCanada Pipelines Limited (TCPL).
Transmission & distribution
As a distribution company, we purchase natural gas from suppliers and deliver it to Manitoba consumers. In order to move the gas to where it is needed, we maintain 10,180 km of natural gas pipelines. Natural gas is propelled along transmission pipelines at pressures of 200 pounds per square inch (psi) to 1,000 psi. To keep it moving, the natural gas is compressed periodically as it flows through pipelines by compressor stations. These stations are located along the TCPL at intervals of approximately 160 km. When the gas is moved into distribution pipelines to be delivered to customers, the pressure is lowered to 60 psi at a regulating station. Before natural gas reaches the customer, the chemical mercaptan is added to give the odourless gas a readily detectable smell (like rotten eggs). This helps to reveal any possible leaks.
What is natural gas?
Natural gas, also known as methane, is a colourless, odourless fuel that burns cleaner than most other fossil fuels, such as coal or oil. It is produced by drilling into pockets of raw gas trapped in the earth by layers of impermeable rock. The raw gas is pumped to the surface and the impurities are removed. What remains is a reliable and versatile fuel that can be used for everything from heating homes to drying clothes.