New natural gas pipeline brings cleaner energy to Whistler



    Appliance conversion now underway

    SURREY, BC, April 29 /CNW/ - After almost two years of construction,
Terasen Gas has completed its 50-kilometre pipeline along the Sea-to-Sky
Highway, marking the arrival of natural gas to the Resort Municipality of
Whistler. Conversion of appliances from propane to natural gas is now
underway.
    "This is a great accomplishment. With the completion of the pipeline, we
have contributed to Whistler's sustainable future, while carrying out the role
natural gas plays as a foundational fuel in the province," says Dwain Bell,
Vice President of Distribution, Terasen Gas.
    The section-by-section conversion of appliances began in Function
Junction and is moving steadily north to Alpine Meadows. The work is expected
to be completed by the end of August. "We've brought together a skilled team
of employees and contractors from around the province to complete the
appliance conversions," says Bell. "Over the course of the summer, they will
complete approximately 14,000 appliance conversions - a truly outstanding
achievement."
    To convert propane appliances so they are compatible with natural gas,
customers will need to provide supervised access to their homes or businesses
on the morning of their pre-set date of conversion. Customers will experience
a temporary, but necessary, gas service interruption. If appliances are in
good condition and replacement parts are available, technicians should be able
to complete the work the same day. A complete conversion schedule is available
on terasengas.com/whistler.
    As part of our routine process, each section of pipe must be cleared of
propane prior to the introduction of natural gas. Every day, small amounts of
propane will be purged from each section of pipe and burned off into the
atmosphere by trained Terasen Gas technicians. In most cases this will last
from five to 20 minutes. This is the safest, most environmentally sound
method.
    During our work, residents may hear a sound similar to an engine or smell
a distinctive rotten egg odour. The smell is an odourant we add to natural
gas, which is odourless. The sounds and smells should only last a short time.
However, residents should not hesitate if they suspect a gas emergency and
call our 24-hour emergency phone number at 1-800-663-9911.
    Now that natural gas is available in Whistler, residents can look forward
to using one of the cleanest burning, most efficient fuels available today.
    "Terasen's achievement of the pipeline to Whistler shows how business and
communities can align planning and development. As the combustion of natural
gas is 15 per cent less carbon-intensive than propane, the availability of
natural gas within Whistler enables local businesses to reduce their emission
footprint immediately," says Ken Melamed, Mayor of Whistler. "As such, natural
gas provides an important stepping stone for our community along our
transition to a lower-carbon economy."

    For more information about natural gas safety or the Whistler Natural Gas
Conversion Project:
    
    -   visit terasengas.com/whistler
    -   call the Convert Alert Hotline at 1-877-380-5763
    -   e-mail whistlerconversion@terasengas.com
    -   read the regular updates in the Question and the Pique
    

    Terasen Gas is mainly composed of the operations of Terasen Gas Inc. and
Terasen Gas (Vancouver Island) Inc., both indirect wholly owned subsidiaries
of Fortis Inc. Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in
Canada, serves more than two million gas and electric customers and has total
assets exceeding $11 billion. Its regulated holdings include Terasen Gas and
electric utilities in five Canadian provinces and three Caribbean countries.
Fortis Inc. owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets across Canada
and in Belize and upper New York State. It also owns hotels and commercial
real estate in Canada. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be
accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.





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For further information: Media Contact: Carol Greaves, Community
Relations Manager, Phone: (250) 888-0588, E-mail:
carol.greaves@terasengas.com

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