Swift Current residents had been advised of a flaring of natural gas by TransGas for two days last week.
TransGas, the pipeline subsidiary of SaskEnergy, conducted a series of controlled flares of natural gas at SaskEnergy’s Town Border Station #1 in Swift Current. The flaring took place starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, and lasted for approximately 10 hours. A shorter four hour flaring was for Thursday, again starting at 7 a.m. and lasting for approximately four hours.
A public safety announcement from SaskEnergy/TransGas noted the flaring was necessary to help TransGas perform planned pipeline maintenance.
During the flaring, TransGas released natural gas from the pipeline in a controlled burn – called a flare. Flaring is an industry standard procedure when natural gas needs to be released from a pipeline.