Heritage Gas’s natural gas pipeline construction begins for New Glasgow, Stellarton

Published on July 29, 2014
Paul Hawkes of Heritage Gas shows members of the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce a map of potential and existing pipeline for the county. Hawkes spoke to a crowd of 40 people as part of the chamber’s second business breakfast speaker’s forum Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express in Stellarton. 
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Dartmouth, NS – New Glasgow and Stellarton homes, businesses and facilities will have access to natural gas starting this fall. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board last week approved Heritage Gas’s submission, stating that expanding natural gas to the two towns is economically justified.

“Communities understand all the good things that come from natural gas, and we are pleased to work with the Town of New Glasgow and Stellarton to ensure they have energy options that are affordable and clean,” said Bill Swan, president of Heritage Gas. “Natural gas is good for the economic future of the region and it reduces greenhouse gas emissions.”

Construction of the 15 kilometres of pipe into the towns will begin August 5, providing access to 600 residential and commercial customers. First natural gas activation is expected to occur by the end of year. In 2015 and beyond, Heritage Gas will continue to expand within the community.

This past weekend, Heritage Gas deployed a team to market natural gas in New Glasgow and Stellarton to homes and businesses along the planned route.

Heritage Gas Limited is a Nova Scotia-based company formed in 2003 for the purpose of operating a regulated natural gas distribution franchise in the province.

Heritage Gas provides natural gas service to more than 5,200 customers in Halifax, Pictou, Amherst and Oxford.  In 2013 alone, Heritage Gas customers saved more than $76 million and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 200,000 tonnes.  The company is owned by AltaGas Utility Group Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of AltaGas