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SaskEnergy’s flare for maintenance

Natural gas flaring near Northland Power Plant Monday.
Natural Gas Flare
SaskEnergy says flaring is necessary to perform maintenance work on the natural gas line system in the area.

NORTH BATTLEFORD — SaskEnergy will be conducting controlled natural gas flaring at the TransGas block valve site, which is located within the RM of North Battleford and south of Highway 16 adjacent to the Northland Power Plant facility site.

Flaring will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18, subject to change based on operating requirements. 

Residents and drivers in the area may see a 40-foot flame being emitted from the flare stack temporarily attached to SaskEnergy’s infrastructure.

According to SaskEnergy, the flaring is necessary to perform maintenance work on the natural gas line system in the area and supports the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to SaskEnergy’s customers.

During this process, a portion of the gas line will be isolated from the system and natural gas will be removed from the line in a controlled burn called a flare. Flaring is an industry standard practice when natural gas needs to be removed from a line and reduces the carbon footprint of the vented natural gas by 85 per cent.

The area around the flares will be supervised to ensure public safety. Residential natural gas service in the area will not be affected. SaskEnergy has notified the RM of North Battleford and the local fire department about this upcoming event.