Enbridge Races to Return Part of Damaged Ohio TETCO Pipe Prior to Next Week's Polar Vortex

Ahead of a polar vortex plummeting temperatures to 10-year lows, Enbridge said it plans to restore southbound natural gas flows on part of its Texas Eastern pipeline in Ohio after an explosion on one of three lines earlier this week.

The company said in a late Thursday notice that it was working on returning at least one of the undamaged pipes in the area of the blast to increase north-to-south flows by January 28-30th.

The shutdown on Monday forced drillers to reduce output in the Marcellus and Utica shale, the nation’s biggest gas producing region, just one week prior to the vortex hitting the eastern half of the country.

The region’s total output slipped from 30 billion cubic feet per day, to 29 bcpd after the blast. The 1
bcpd difference is enough to impact 5 million U.S. homes.