QUÉBEC CITY, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Gaz Métro and the Union des
municipalités du Québec (UMQ) are pleased to announce the conclusion of
a historic framework agreement on coordinated management of public
spaces for urban infrastructure networks. The agreement sets out the
conditions for dealings between owners of infrastructures in the public
domain, more specifically, maintenance, repair, installation and
operation of the gas network. In this regard, it provides for equitably
sharing the costs associated with the management of Gaz Métro's
underground infrastructures on municipal territory. The agreement was
announced today at the kickoff of the three-day Congrès Infra 2013
organized by the Centre for Expertise and Research on Infrastructures
in Urban Areas (CERIU).
This partnership will provide Gaz Métro and Québec's municipalities with
a predictable, uniform and coherent framework for their dealings. It
also provides the latter with compensation when Gaz Métro performs work
on their territories.
The agreement comes after two years of talks between Gaz Métro and the
UMQ aimed at finding concrete and mutually acceptable solutions to
resolve issues regarding the installation, operation, maintenance and
repair of natural gas distribution networks in municipal rights-of-way.
This is the first ever urban infrastructure agreement between a public
utility and the UMQ, which represents hundreds of Québec
Under the five-year agreement, Gaz Métro will pay any municipality that
adheres to the framework agreement, 2% of the value of any installation
or improvement work it performs on the municipality's territory.
The agreement also stipulates that if Gaz Métro's distribution network
must be relocated due to municipal work, the cost of the relocation
will be shared and factor in asset depreciation.
"Gaz Métro is pleased with this agreement, which provides a consensual
framework. We've been actively involved in municipal development since
1957 and we firmly believe that this agreement will allow us to operate
more efficiently as well as improve our relationship with Québec's
municipalities," said Martin Imbleau, Vice-President, Development and
Renewable Energies, at Gaz Métro.
About Gaz Métro
With more than $5 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy
provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec,
where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves 300
municipalities and more than 190,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also
present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity
and natural gas to meet the needs of more than 305,000 customers. Gaz
Métro is actively involved in the development of innovative, promising
energy projects such as the production of wind power, the use of
natural gas as a transportation fuel and the development of biomethane.
Gaz Métro is a major energy sector player who takes the lead in
responding to the needs of its customers, regions and municipalities,
local organizations, and communities while also satisfying the
expectations of its Partners (GMi and Valener) and employees. www.gazmetro.com
About the UMQ
Since its founding in 1919, the UMQ has represented municipalities of
every size and in every region of Quebec. The UMQ mission is to promote
the fundamental role of municipalities in social and economic progress
in every part of Quebec and to support its members in building dynamic,
innovative and competitive communities. The UMQ affinity caucus
structure, comprising local communities, regional county
municipalities, census agglomerations, large cities and metropolitan
communities reflects the diversity and unity of municipal life in
Quebec. Its over six million members represent 80% of Québec's
SOURCE: Gaz Métro
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