Canada gas facility explosion and fire prompts evacuation
13 October 2014
An explosion and fire at a Saskatchewan gas facility caused an evacuation over a radius of 3km around the affected site near the town of Prud’homme in the east of the province on October 11. Police said no injuries have been reported.
The plant, owned and operated by SaskEnergy subsidiary TransGas, is a gas storage facility atop seven large underground caverns a kilometre-and-a-half down carved from underground salt deposits. It is used to store natural gas for winter when demand for heating is greater.
Several surface buildings have been damaged in the incident, which is centred around the wellhead of one of the seven caverns. The other six shut down automatically.
A TransGas spokesman said a well control specialist would advise the company on how best to extinguish the fire.