MONTRÉAL, Dec. 1, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Gaz Métro and the Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM) are pleased to announce the signing of an agreement to facilitate the management of interventions on their urban infrastructure networks. Among other things, it sets out the intervention, installation and operating conditions of Gaz Métro's gas distribution system on the territory of the municipalities covered by the agreement. The agreement was officially signed today in the presence of several municipal representatives as part of the Assemblée des MRC organized by the FQM.
"The FQM is very pleased that Gaz Métro took into consideration our members' concerns regarding the proper execution of work on our territory," said Richard Lehoux, FQM President. "This agreement reached with Gaz Métro establishes a clear framework for collaboration between our municipalities and Gaz Métro. It will certainly improve the efficiency of activities carried out and the quality of our relations."
The FQM member municipalities that signed the agreement and Gaz Métro will now benefit from a framework that promotes the consistent and harmonious management of network interventions. It also provides for the equitable sharing of costs related to the presence and management of Gaz Métro activities. The municipalities that opt in will also receive compensation, predetermined in the agreement, for any impacts.
"Gaz Métro is thrilled to have reached this agreement, which provides concrete solutions that meet the needs expressed by the municipalities. As a partner in their economic development, Gaz Métro is always seeking to work better with municipalities; we are convinced that this agreement will promote and enhance the quality of our relations with them," said Stéphane Santerre, Senior Director, Operations, at Gaz Métro.
About Gaz Métro
With more than $7 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Québec, where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves more than 300 municipalities and more than 200,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also present in Vermont, where it has more than 310,000 customers. There, it operates in the electricity production market and the electricity and natural gas distribution market. Gaz Métro is actively involved in developing and operating innovative, promising energy projects, including natural gas as fuel, liquefied natural gas as a replacement for higher emission-producing energies, the production of wind power and the development of biomethane. Gaz Métro is a major energy sector player that 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.
About the Fédération québécoise des municipalités
Since its foundation in 1944, the Fédération québécoise des municipalités has established itself as an invaluable stakeholder for the municipalities and regions of Québec. With the ongoing objective of defending municipal autonomy, it promotes relationships on a human scale and draws inspiration from the spirit of collaboration and innovation of its approximately 1,000 member municipalities and RCMs.
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