SaskEnergy will be conducting controlled natural gas flares in southeast Saskatchewan on Sept. 12 and 13, from approximately 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. both days.
The flaring is necessary to perform operational upgrades and maintenance to the pipeline system.
Flaring on Sept. 12 will be located about three kilometres east of Highway 47 and half a kilometre north of Highway 361.
The flaring on Sept. 13 will be about 11 kilometres east of Bienfait along Highway 18.
During this pipeline maintenance process, natural gas will be released from the pipeline in a controlled burn called a flare. While the pipeline will be isolated from the remainder of the system, flaring is required to remove the remaining gas from the line before work can begin.
Flaring is an industry standard procedure when natural gas needs to be released from a pipeline and reduces the carbon footprint of the vented natural gas by 85 per cent.
Residents and drivers in the area may see a 20-foot flare being emitted from a 40-foot flare stack temporarily attached to the SaskEnergy infrastructure at the site. The area around the flare will be supervised to ensure public safety.
Local emergency responders have been notified of the upcoming events. There will be no disruptions to natural gas service to SaskEnergy residential, business or industrial customers in the area during this process.