Prince Edward Island Seeks Gas Distribution System
Prince Edward Island, a popular vacation spot off the northern
coasts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, is looking to get on board
the natural gas express line running from Sable Island through the
Canadian Maritimes provinces.
The 2,184-square mile island's government has requested
expressions of interest on building a distribution system,
primarily to fuel electric generation, but also to serve the local
food processing industry and the residential market. In a notice
posted on the MERX bulletin board (www.merx.ca) the Prince Edward
Island government, through the provincially-owned P.E.I. Energy
Corp., has asked for submissions on a natural gas development plan.
A spokesman said there have been discussions with owners of the
Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, which recently started mainline
deliveries from Nova Scotia through New England. Pipeline officials
have said they are willing to make a connection if there is a
demonstrated market. An 8-10 inch pipeline from the mainland could
either be buried under water or strung from the relatively new
14-kilometer bridge from New Brunswick to the island. Prince Edward
Island has a population of 130,000 but hosts a considerably larger
population of summer vacationers visiting its sandy, warm-water
In stage I of the process, prospective developers are asked to
provide detailed descriptions of the essential elements of their
proposals along with their own capabilities and track record in
design, construction and operation; provide preliminary cost
estimates relating to construction and operation; outline proposed
financing arrangements; outline the economic benefits that could be
expected to accrue to P.E.I.; and outline the expected role of
government (i.e. financial, regulatory and otherwise). The
deadline for submissions is April 28.
Developers must obtain the Expression of Interest document from
MERX, Canada's National Electronic Tendering Service. Questions may
be directed to Wayne MacQuarrie, P.Eng., CEO, P.E.I. Energy Corp.
by calling (902) 894-0288.
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