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REGINA, SK (October 5, 2016) – To accommodate the Regina Bypass Project being constructed by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, Alliance Pipeline must install a new section of pipe at each of two locations where the new highway will cross its mainline. The work will require Alliance Pipeline to shut down its system for a period of approximately seven days, starting October 12, 2016.
Prior to the system outage, so that the pipeline work can begin, Alliance will safely remove the natural gas from the affected section of pipe. The National Energy Board (NEB) has directed that the natural gas be burned using a procedure called flaring.
The flaring will be carried out approximately seven kilometers west of Regina on October 12-13, during which time the flares will be noticeable in the surrounding area. Alliance anticipates that the flaring operation will last two days. Flaring will begin mid-day on October 12 and at approximately 7 a.m. on October 13. The flares will be operated until mid-evening each day. Smaller-scale flaring may also occur overnight on a contingency basis.
The flaring will be carried out in a controlled manner, with the utmost care and safety and with full consideration of those nearby who may be able to see the flares and hear the noise from the flare stacks.
Alliance is committed to the safety of the people who live and work around its pipeline. Affected landowners and residents, customers and other stakeholders have been notified in advance of the system shutdown and flaring, and every effort is being made to minimize impacts associated with this work.
Alliance has worked closely with its customers to minimize the business impacts. Alliance expects no material negative financial effects to its business as a result of the outage.
For more information about the planned shutdown, the company has established a website information page to keep interested parties informed (www.alliancepipeline.com/pipelineoutage).
Alan Roth, Corporate Communications
About the Alliance Pipeline system:
The Alliance Pipeline system consists of an approximately 3,848-kilometer (2,391-mile) integrated Canadian and U.S. natural gas transmission pipeline system, delivering rich natural gas from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and the Williston Basin to the Chicago market hub. The United States portion of the system consists of approximately 1,557 kilometers (967 miles) of infrastructure including the 128-kilometer (80-mile) Tioga Lateral in North Dakota. The Alliance system delivers, on average, about 45.3 million standard cubic metres (or 1.6 billion standard cubic feet) of natural gas per day. More information about the company is available at www.alliancepipeline.com.
Alliance Pipeline Limited Partnership ("Alliance Canada") owns the Canadian portion of the Alliance Pipeline system. Alliance Pipeline L.P. ("Alliance U.S.A.") owns the U.S. portion of the Alliance Pipeline system. Both Alliance Canada and Alliance U.S.A. are owned 50 percent each by affiliates of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (TSX:ENF) and Veresen Inc. (TSX:VSN).