UPDATE 2-TransCanada says 2 Alberta customers lack gas after line break

Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:49pm EDT
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By Nia Williams and Scott Haggett

CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Two of TransCanada Corp's natural gas customers in northern Alberta were without deliveries on Friday, a day after a pipeline break forced some of the biggest producers in the Canadian oil sands to cut back their output.

The rupture in a remote area on TransCanada's 1.6 billion cubic foot per day North Central Corridor pipeline disrupted supplies, which are critical to the operation of projects in the oil sands region. None of the companies affected by the outage were able to give estimates on the overall impact on production.

TransCanada was able to restore service to the region late on Thursday, using a smaller nearby line to reroute shipments around the leaking section of pipe, which was about 140 kilometers (90 miles) west of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The cause of Thursday's rupture was not yet known, but the three year-old pipeline was safely taken out of service, said Rebecca Taylor, a spokeswoman for the National Energy Board regulator.

TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard said in an email on Friday that as of late Thursday night the company had resumed natural gas deliveries "to all but two of its northern Alberta customers that were impacted by a line break yesterday."   Continued...