News Release - May 18, 1999
NATURAL GAS NETWORK TO EXPAND ALONG #2 HIGHWAY
SaskEnergy and its transmission subsidiary, TransGas, today announced
a targeted $6.0 million expansion of its natural gas network to the
Anglin Lake, Waskesiu Lake, McPhee Lake and Montreal Lake areas.
Construction on a natural gas pipeline to serve the area will be
completed during the 1999 construction season with engineering design
"This is an exciting day for SaskEnergy, an exciting day for residents
in these communities and a tribute to the Saskatchewan spirit of
cooperation," Deputy Premier and Crown Investments Corporation
Minister Dwain Lingenfelter said. "This project will create 4,000
person days of new employment in the Prince Albert area and bring the
cost saving benefits of natural gas to up to 600 homes and businesses
in these resort areas."
"This expansion is part of SaskEnergy's strategy in 1999 to invest
$50 million across Saskatchewan to expand services. For customers in
the area, this project will mean annual savings of hundreds of dollars
in their energy costs."
Doug Kelln, Vice President, SaskEnergy Distribution Utility, said the
efforts of the Anglin Lake/La Ronge Natural Gas Committee, headed by
Alice Tataryn, were critical to the success of the project.
"From day one, the committee has focussed on working with us and
working with customers to successfully address the cost issues
involved in serving these areas," Kelln said.
"We're here today because of that commitment, and now our
challenge will be to work together to convince the remaining
customers to take advantage of the benefits of natural gas."
Depending on their location, residents will be able to commit to
natural gas service for an initial down payment of $1,100 to
$1,700, representing 25% of their connection costs. The
remainder can be financed by the customer through SaskEnergy.
Even with financing costs included, customers' total cost for
natural gas service will normally be less than or comparable to
their existing energy source.
"We feel that a great deal of progress has been accomplished as
our committee and SaskEnergy work together. Today's announcement
demonstrates that progress and, as a committee, we are very
excited," said Alice Tataryn, Chairman of the Anglin Lake La
Ronge Gas Committee. "The committee is determined to continue
efforts to increase project area commitment for natural gas
SaskEnergy and the committee will continue to work on the second
phase of the project, the potential expansion of the pipeline to
serve more northerly communities along the #2 highway, including
"I expect the recent forestry-related announcements to provide
momentum to both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project,"
Lingenfelter said. "With the potential additional natural gas
load created by forestry development in La Ronge, the additional
benefits would be dedicated toward reducing customer costs. For
Phase 1 customers who have committed to the project, that would
mean a rebate. "With enough customer sign-up for Phase 2,
construction could begin as early as spring 2000."
The 52-kilometre 6-inch transmission pipeline and 90 kilometres
of distribution pipeline is expected to be in service by fall.
The high-pressure pipeline that supplies the distribution system
in each of the communities will be sized to accommodate the
project expanding to the La Ronge area.
"We've been able to build the longest natural gas distribution
network in North America because we've always found ways to work
with customers to find solutions," said Kelln. "It's the
Saskatchewan way of doing business and it's what has led us to
this important announcement today."
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