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Published January 27, 2014, 10:02 AM

Great Plains Natural Gas customers can return to normal settings

FARGO - Customers of Great Plains Natural Gas are no longer being asked to reduce their natural gas usage, the utility company said in a news release Monday morning.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

FARGO - Customers of Great Plains Natural Gas are no longer being asked to reduce their natural gas usage, the utility company said in a news release Monday morning.

Over the weekend, the company asked customers to use less natural gas after a rupture on a Canadian pipeline that supplies gas to the Viking Gas Transmission Company, which serves Great Plains customers in the Minnesota towns of Crookston, Vergas, Pelican Rapids, Fergus Falls and Breckenridge, as well as Wahpeton, N.D.

“We want to thank our customers for responding to our request to curtail usage over the weekend,” Frank Morehouse, president and CEO of Great Plains, said in a statement. “The reduced usage by our customers, as well as the customers of the other utilities affected by the supply disruption, played an integral role in maintaining service until operations returned to normal.”

As of 8 a.m. Monday, Xcel Energy was still asking its customers to curb their usage. Here’s an update from the company’s website:

“Our system was stable overnight. We can see that natural gas flows are increasing from TransCanada pipeline into our pipeline service provider, Viking Gas Transmission. If this progress continues as we projected late yesterday, we expect to lift the conservation request later today. We want to see Viking stabilize and approach a more normal operation as well as ensure the stability of our system this morning. Then we believe we can handle an increase in demand on the system. We truly appreciate our customers’ continuing conservation efforts. We expect to provide an update later this morning.”

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