August 9, 2004
TransGas Begins High Pressure Natural
Gas Line Test East of Regina
TransGas, the natural gas transmission
subsidiary of SaskEnergy, today began preparing to
perform a hydrostatic pressure test of the pipeline
which provides natural gas service to the communities of
Pilot Butte, Emerald Park, White City and Balgonie.
Crews excavated a site south of Pilot
Butte to install a block valve that will divide the
17-kilometre pipeline extending from near Highway 33 to
Balgonie into two sections. At the block valve site,
approximately 400 cubic metres of water will then be
pumped into each section of eight-inch diameter steel
pipeline and maintained at 140% of normal operating
pressure for a period of time.
Hydrostatic pressure tests are used as a
safety precaution, and are conducted on each TransGas
pipeline before it is put into service, or if its
classification changes after the original installation.
This particular test, designed to confirm the integrity
and strength of the pipeline, will upgrade the existing
line from Class 1 to Class 3. This will allow TransGas
to continue meeting the natural gas requirements of
customers in the expanding residential area east of
The testing, which takes place over the
next week, will not disrupt natural gas service or pose
a danger for area residents.
"Throughout the province each year,
TransGas continually monitors, assesses and upgrades our
natural gas transmission facilities," said John Adams,
TransGas Manager of Pipeline and Storage Engineering.
"This week's scheduled maintenance clearly focuses on
our top priorities - public safety and uninterrupted
natural gas service to our customers."
The $240,000 test is part of TransGas'
ongoing program to ensure the integrity of the
approximately 14,000 kilometres of pipeline it owns and
operates within Saskatchewan. In 2003, TransGas invested
$9.1 million to maintain the integrity, safety and
reliability of its pipeline and other facilities across
the province. That year, TransGas had no detectable
natural gas leaks caused by corrosion or other
deterioration of the pipeline system.
For further information, please contact:
Phone: (306) 777-9763
Cell: (306) 535-5941