New Glasgow and Stellarton facilities, businesses and residents could see more access to natural gas later this year, according to a submission Heritage Gas filed today with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB).
‚ÄúHeritage Gas is working hard to help more Nova Scotians heat their homes and businesses with natural gas ‚Äď the most affordable home heating choice available,‚ÄĚ said Bill Swan, president of Heritage Gas. ‚ÄúNatural gas remains a cost effective and environmentally friendly source of energy and will support communities like New Glasgow and Stellarton in offering a cleaner, more affordable energy option.‚ÄĚ
The submission states that Heritage Gas customer and revenue forecasts are sufficient to economically expand the natural gas system to the Town of New Glasgow and the Town of Stellarton. Heritage Gas filed a separate permit to construct application with the NSUARB for approval.
If approved, construction of the steel pipeline into the towns will begin in the summer with first customers burning natural gas in the fall.
The pipeline expansion, along the intended route, represents approximately 15 kilometres of pipe over 2014 and 2015 providing access to 600 potential residential and commercial customers. Once this initial pipeline construction is complete in 2015, Heritage Gas will continue to expand within the community.
Heritage Gas provides natural gas to more than 20,000 households and businesses throughout Nova Scotia. The company is owned by AltaGas Utility Group Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of AltaGas Ltd.