For immediate release
July 28, 2014
Dartmouth, NS – Heritage Gas Ltd. will begin construction early next month of a $10-million expansion of its natural gas network to New Glasgow and Stellarton.
The province’s Utility and Review Board approved the Dartmouth-based company’s plan to add the towns to its system in a ruling Tuesday.
Heritage Gas vice-president Chris Smith said Wednesday that work is underway to ensure that construction can start in a couple of weeks.
“We’re excited to get our project going,” he said in an interview.
The company is building a 15-kilometre pipeline to bring its natural gas distribution system to the area.
Smith said Heritage expects to have 20 to 30 customers in the towns connected to its network by the end of the year.
The largest customer signed up to date in the expansion area is New Glasgow’s Aberdeen Regional Hospital.
The facility, which will get service next year, is among seven hospitals around the province sharing $9.7 million from the province to help cover the cost of converting to natural gas.
The funding was announced last week.
Stellarton Mayor Joe Gennoe has said the Nova Scotia Community College’s Pictou campus and Sobeys headquarters may be interested in using natural gas.
Heritage has said the project will give 600 potential residential and commercial customers access to the system and allow for further expansion.
Smith wouldn’t identify any major new customers but said the company is talking to many potential customers.
“Now that things are finalized and approved by the board, we will ramp up our marketing efforts as well,” he said.
Heritage Gas has also applied to the provincial regulator for approval to expand the system to Antigonish, starting next year.
A hearing will be held in the town on Oct. 6.
St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish is also covered by the provincial conversion program.
A subsidiary of Calgary’s AltaGas Ltd., Heritage provides natural gas to more than 20,000 households and businesses throughout the province.
Chris Smith, Heritage Gas, 902-466-2003