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Canadian energy producer Encana has temporarily ceased production at its Deep Panuke offshore natural gas platform in Nova Scotia due to excess water.

The company had previously warned in November that the platform contained higher levels of water.

Located around 250km east of Halifax, the platform commenced production in August 2013.

The demand for natural gas is likely to rise during the Canadian winter months, at which time Encana has made plans to restart production at the Deep Panuke platform.

As a result of electrical fires that took place on the platform, operations were suspended in August 2014 and in January 2013.

"The demand for natural gas is likely to rise during the Canadian winter months, at which time Encana will restart production."

In January, the company had put its Deep Panuke natural gas project on hold temporarily while investigating a fire.

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Following the incident, 46 people were evacuated from the platform, the Globe and Mail reported.

The Deep Panuke project of Encana produces and processes natural gas from the Deep Panuke field.

The gas is processed offshore and transported, via subsea pipeline, to Goldboro, Nova Scotia. The gas is then transported to market through the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline.

Owned and operated by SBM Offshore on behalf of Encana, the Deep Panuke platform currently produces 300 million cubic feet of gas a day from four subsea wells.

Recently, gas wells located around 250km east of Halifax on the Scotian Shelf are said to be facing various problems, according to The Canadian Press.

Image: Deep Panuke is owned and operated by SBM Offshore. Photo: Copyright © Encana Corporation. All rights reserved.