ATCO scales back east side pipeline
ATCO Pipelines has scaled back a proposed natural gas pipeline project on Red Deer’s east side.
In 2012, the company advertised a project for a 12-inch (323-mm) sweet natural gas pipeline to supply homes in the Red Deer area. That pipeline was to replace a 1956 line in place along 30th Avenue.
After further review of available supplies and future demand, it was decided an eight-inch (219-mm) will be large enough and a new application is working its way through the approval process, said Lance Radke, ATCO manager of pipelines engineering and integrity.
The same affected landowners contacted with the last application will be reached again and given new information packages.
If approved, the estimated $10-million project likely would be constructed in mid-2014. The eight-km line runs near an existing power line through mostly undeveloped land about 800 metres east of Timberlands to Vanier Woods. It will hook into an existing gas plant on 39th Street.
It is expected the pipeline will meet growth demands for up to the next 40 years.
The sweet, dry processed natural gas carried by the line is the type of gas that goes directly into home furnaces and this line supplies most of the city’s needs.
Construction is not expected to cause any significant road delays. Once the new line is complete, the line next to 30th Avenue will be purged with air, capped and abandoned.