There was confirmation Wednesday from Alliance Pipeline that it will initiate a resumption to operational service on its mainline pipeline system today with the intention of resuming full contract firm service Thursday.
Earlier this week it started burning off the poisonous gas around the clock at two Saskatchewan flare sites as it moved to dispose of the hazardous hydrogen sulphide gas which last week mistakenly got into the pipeline running from here in Northeast B.C. to Chicago.
As reported earlier, Keyera Corporation, the pipeline operator, has confirmed a brief operational error which occurred during maintenance activity allowed the H2S to enter the main line.
It occurred a week ago today, at a gas plant about 60 kilometers southwest of Valleyview, and forced the Alliance shutdown of the nearly 4,000 kilometre system on Friday.
The tainted gas, stopped in Southeast Saskatchewan, was targeted for flaring east of Estevan, and reports indicate four shipping companies were forced to make alternative short term arrangements to move their natural gas, including Crew Energy which halted production in the Montney.
The pipeline, jointly owned by an affiliate of Enbridge and Veresen, ships 1.6 billion cubic feet of gas a day.