Compressed natural gas station
We are building a compressed natural gas (CNG) station in southwest Winnipeg to provide a back-up supply of natural gas to our 275,000 natural gas customers across Manitoba. Expected to be in service in early 2017, the CNG station will:
- allow us to respond in emergencies and plan outages for repairs without a disruption in supply;
- provide a safe and more reliable distribution network for our customers.
How a compressed natural gas station works
The CNG station is being constructed east of Provincial Road 330, at the junction of the TransCanada Highway.
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.
The CNG station is being constructed east of Provincial Road 330, at the junction of the TransCanada Highway. This is in close proximity to most of our natural gas customers.
We don’t anticipate much change in traffic or any considerable delays along Provincial Road 330 throughout construction and operation of the station. Public safety is our priority and this station will be constructed according to Canadian safety guidelines.
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