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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Studying Natural Gas

Regional | by Jon Meyer  

Union Gas contacting people about natural gas idea for three municipalities.

The next step in the process to bring natural gas to Kincardine, Arran Elderslie and Huron-Kinloss is underway.

The three communities have now launched a Feasibility Study to gage interest in a natural gas line.

Outgoing Kincardine CAO John deRosenroll says Union Gas will now start to contact residents and businesses.

Along with many other businesses's, we know that Ontario Power Generation and Bruce Power have expressed interest in the project.

The purpose of the study is so Union Gas can create an economic model, determining cost and load requirements.

From today forward deRosenroll figures it will be three years until the natural gas valve is turned on.

The Feasibility study stage will cost around 66 thousand dollars and along with the three municipalities -- deRosenroll says some larger industries have chipped in.

The original cost estimate for the entire project was around 44 million dollars, but 10 million of that cost could be born by the gas process itself through the Ontario Energy Board.

The next step following a positive feasibility study is an environmental assessment.

Kincardine is the largest municipality in Southern Ontario that doesn't have natural gas service.


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