Update for Residents: Enbridge Pipeline Remediation and Power for Norman Wells

Update for Residents

To:                 Residents of the Town of Norman Wells

From:             Town Council and Administration

Date:              April 28, 2017

Re: Enbridge Pipeline Remediation and Power in Norman Wells

Town Council received an update from Enbridge regarding the segment of pipeline that has been closed as part of a precautionary measure since fall of 2016.

Enbridge has been seeking regulatory approval for the replacement and decommissioning of a segment of the pipeline running underneath the Mackenzie River approximately 9 km from Fort Smith, NT.

On April 19, 2017, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board accepted Enbridge’s applications for Land use permit and Water licence in support of the project.

Enbridge staff and contractors will be visiting the project area in mid-May to complete preliminary, non-intrusive surveying and assessments.

The Town has been informed other updates including refinements of workspace and camp requirements for this project as well as a minor scope addition where Enbridge is proposing to relocate an existing pipeline valve approximately 60metres downstream on the pipeline to allow activities at the south work site.

As well, Town Administration has continuing ongoing dialogue with Imperial Oil regarding the local shut-in.

Imperial Oil has provided updates stating that they have safely temporarily ceased production at the Norman Wells operation as a result of the closure of Enbridge’s Line 21 pipeline. Imperial Oil is working with Enbridge to determine the scope and timelines of its plan for the pipeline.

Imperial Oil’s Norman Wells operation generates electricity for its own use and excess generation is sold to the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC), which supplies the town of Norman Wells. Imperial Oil has been working with NTPC as it transitions to providing power to the community.

On April 28, 2017, NTPC issued a press release stating that they have taken over primary power production for the Town of Norman Wells. NTPC has assured that they will be able to provide all necessary power to the Town for the duration of Imperial Oil’s shut-in, including making arrangements with a local fuel supplier for additional diesel if required.

Town Council and Administration recognize the importance of keeping residents up to date on this project and will continue to provide updates to residents as they receive them.

 

 

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