BC's natural gas could be cut as much as 50% this winter

Oct 23 2018, 4:39 pm

It seems like the struggles surrounding British Columbia’s natural gas supply will continue.

Fortis BC has issued a warning to customers that the province’s supply would be “limited to 50 to 80% of normal levels.”

“This means that the natural gas system will be challenged in times of high demand throughout the winter,” reads the release. “As such, FortisBC is asking all of its customers to be conscious of their natural gas use and conserve energy wherever possible.”

The constraints are a result of a pipeline rupture that took place almost two weeks ago.

“[Fortis BC] expects their ruptured 36-inch natural gas transmission line to be repaired and in service by mid-November… However, both the 36 and 30-inch transmission lines will only be running at 80 per cent capacity.”

The company also explains that they’re taking a number of steps to increase the availability of gas for customers, including maximizing the amount of gas that moves from Alberta into the interior. They’re also attempting to secure natural gas in the open marketplace.

Until further notice, Fortis BC customers are still asked to limit their gas use whenever possible. Reducing usage of the thermostat, taking shorter showers, and making smarter use of the dishwasher and laundry machines are all suggested methods to reduce gas consumption.

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