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SaskEnergy conducts a controlled gas flare near Weyburn

Drivers, residents could see a 40-foot flare from the stack north of the city

WEYBURN – SaskEnergy conducted a controlled natural gas flare at its Weyburn compressor station, located about one kilometre north of the city, east of Highway 35, early on Thursday morning.

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

The flaring was 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 was isolated from the system and natural gas was 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 flare was supervised to ensure public safety. Residential natural gas service in the area was not affected. SaskEnergy notified the City of Weyburn, the RM of Weyburn, and the local fire department about the event.