Installing and operating natural gas alternatives? Keep your business running safely through the winter

On October 9, 2018, an Enbridge-owned natural gas transmission pipeline ruptured, limiting the gas supply in British Columbia for the foreseeable future.

FortisBC is doing everything possible to ensure natural gas is available for its customers, including asking all customers to conserve their use of natural gas now to help ensure a sufficient supply is available for customers through this winter. This includes homeowners and stratas, as well as businesses and municipal buildings. 

Large commercial and industrial clients are also being asked to adjust their business practices to conserve energy or find alternative fuel sources. Due to this restriction, some clients that are on interruptible natural gas service may need to supplement natural gas needs with trucked gas. Known as a virtual pipeline systems, this is when a portable bulk high pressure Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) system is used to transport natural gas fuel by truck to commercial and industrial markets.

As a reminder, CNG virtual pipeline installation and operation is regulated by Technical Safety BC. Before installing or operating an alternative natural gas or propane fuel supply system, the provider must comply with all applicable regulatory requirements, including various Technical Safety BC requirements such as:

  • Design registration
  • Installation permits
  • Operating permits
  • Site inspections by Technical Safety BC safety officers.

For more information, please view the Safety Standards Act and related regulations for the Gas and Boiler Pressure Vessels & Refrigeration technology on our website.

For further inquiries or additional information about CNG considerations in BC, please email us at: GasSupport@technicalsafetybc.ca

Compressed Natural Gas Facts:

  • Compressed natural gas (CNG) is methane stored at high pressure.

  • Compressed natural gas is often confused with LNG (liquefied natural gas). While both are stored forms of natural gas, they are not the same. 

  • CNG is stored at ambient temperature and high pressure, while LNG is stored at low temperature and nearly ambient pressure. 

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