Spectra Still Cleaning Up After Peace Region Rainfall
Prince George, B.C. -Spectra Energy is considered the “backbone” of the natural gas system in B.C. getting natural gas from the north east to companies that sell it, but portions of that backbone were exposed during last month’s torrential rainfall through the South Peace region.
“The exposures and daylighting ( where buried pipeline becomes visible) occurred in the Peace River Regional District near Chetwynd” says Jay Morrison, Lead Government and Community Relations person with Spectra . “We have two systems in place there , one is the Pine River Gas Plant, one is the transmission system”. Both of those systems had erosion effects because of the flooding event.
“We are well into the remediation works for both the transmission line and the gas plant” says Morrison “but the Pine River Gas Plant remains offline.”
Morrison says the temporary shut down of the Pine River Gas Plant is not expected to impact the overall volume of product moving through the transmission lines “It’s important to note there is significant storage of natural gas throughout North America, so these are hiccups but won’t effect delivery to people’s households.”
Spectra has some other work in the region with the most immediate work taking place on the Lheidli T’enneh Reserve. That work will see some detection equipment changed out.
Then there’s the removal and replacement of two natural gas pipelines that cross underneath Angusmac Creek about 80 kms north of Prince George. The new pipe will be placed deeper than the existing line with work to start late this year and be complete next summer.
There is also some work planned on the line that runs between Azouzetta Lake, along highway 97 south to highway 39. That work will see the replacement of new crossover assemblies which can be used to isolate a section of pipeline, and some old connections removed. The work is tentatively set to start in the spring of 2017.