A natural gas pipeline that burst over the weekend, leaving about 4,000 residents of southern Manitoba without heat for days, was 50 years old but believed to be in good condition, a TransCanada Corporation official said in a public briefing on Monday.
Karl Johannson, TransCanada executive vice-president of natural gas, told reporters and community members that the half-century-old pipeline had been well-maintained and that TransCanada held the highest standard for its pipelines, to ensure service and maintain public safety.
The pipeline was found to be in "very good condition" when it was inspected in 2009, he said. The assurance comes days after a natural gas pipeline burst about 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg on Saturday, leaving some 4,000 residents without heat as the province battles against extreme wind chill warnings.
"TransCanada takes this very, very seriously. This is what we do. We move natural gas in pipelines," Johannson said on Monday. "When we have a failure like this,Read More »from TransCanada gas pipeline that burst in Manitoba was 50 years old