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html> December 8, 2005 - Incident at Regina Compressor Station - Update 1:00 p.m.


December 8, 2005

Incident at Regina Compressor Station
 - Update 1:00 p.m.

TransGas, the pipeline transmission subsidiary of SaskEnergy, continues to investigate an incident which occurred this morning at its Regina TransGas Compressor Station, located 3 kilometres southwest of the city.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, there was an incident at the facility involving a high pressure natural gas pipeline failure, which resulted in a large flame emitting from the facility. As designed, the facility's emergency shutdown systems engaged immediately. There were no injuries to any individuals as a result of the incident.

Emergency responders, including the Regina Fire Department and the RCMP, worked with TransGas officials to secure the site as a precaution. An investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the incident.

Natural gas service to the City of Regina is not in jeopardy as alternate supply arrangements have been made. Repairs to the facility will begin immediately; however, in order to facilitate these repairs, TransGas crews will be required to vent high-pressure natural gas at points along the system near the facility. Residents in the area may hear the sound of venting gas but should be assured this is standard procedure for repairing an incident like this. There is no danger from this venting procedure, which is being undertaken in consultation with the Regina Fire Department.

It is unlikely that natural gas service will be affected for the approximately 110 customers of SaskEnergy in the rural area surrounding the facility. At present, service to these rural customers has been maintained and all efforts will be made to ensure natural gas service continues for these customers.

Further updates will be provided as more information is made available.

For further information, please contact:

Ron Podbielski
Executive Director, Corporate Affairs
777-9432 (office)
537-0274 (cell)