CALGARY, July 11, 2011 /CNW/ - Pembina Pipeline Corporation ("Pembina")
(TSX:PPL) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Plateau
Pipe Line Ltd., has re-started operations on its Western System
pipeline after proactively shutting down the line due to erosion and
washout conditions which exposed portions of the pipeline in
northeastern British Columbia the weekend of June 25, 2011.
The company confirmed that it did not experience any pipeline breach as
a result of the washout conditions, but had shut the pipeline down to
minimize the potential risk of a pipeline incident.
"We take the safety of our people and the communities along our pipeline
rights-of-way very seriously," said Bob Michaleski, President and Chief
Executive Officer. "We are committed to being a responsible operator
and implemented these pre-emptive measures to reduce the potential
impact of the erosion along our pipeline right-of-way."
Plateau Pipe Line Ltd. had shut down its 12" Western System pipeline in
late June, which transports an average throughput of 18,500 barrels of
oil per day of oil from Taylor to Kamloops, British Columbia. During
the shut down, which lasted 15 days, the company monitored the line by
air, land and through its Edmonton Control Centre, conducted integrity
inspections of the line, and completed work to stabilize the line
before determining it was safe to re-start operations.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation transports crude oil and natural gas
liquids produced in western Canada, owns and operates oil sands
pipelines and has a growing presence in the midstream & marketing and
gas services sectors. Pembina's common shares (PPL) and convertible
debentures (PPL.DB.C) are traded on the TSX.