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Several more weeks before Enbridge pipeline repairs will be complete

FILE - A pipeline that ruptured and sparked a massive fire north of Prince George, B.C. is shown in this photo provided by Dhruv Desai. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dhruv DesaiSpecial Instruc

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Enbridge says it likely won’t be until the middle of November before a pipeline that ruptured and exploded near Prince George last week will be fixed.

“Based on current information, Enbridge estimates that subject to regulatory approval, its 36-inch TSouth line will be repaired by mid-November, back in service at a reduced pressure of 80% of normal operating pressure,” reads a statement on Enbridge’s website.

It says it will operate at a reduced pressure though the rest of the winter season.

The blast caused a FortisBC natural gas shortage. Last Wednesday, the company said as many as 700,000 customers were at risk of losing their natural gas supply.

The Enbridge Line that ruptured is connected to the Westcoast Transmission System and, indirectly, supplies other provinces, as well. FortisBC emphasized its system is not damaged.

Service has since been restored to all of Fortis BC’s industrial customers. But people across the province are still being asked to conserve energy consumption.