Gaz Metro, Montreal, hailed a decision to Quebec regulators to permit the company to extend its natural gas pipeline 80 km from Vallee-Jonction to Black Lake near Thetford Mines, Que., in the St. Lawrence Lowlands.
The extension, involving a $7.2 million investment by Gaz Metro and an $18.1 million federal contribution, also will serve Saint-Frederic, Tring-Jonction, Sacre-Coeur-de Jesus, East Broughton, Saint-Pierre-de-Broughton.
Gaz Metro said 21 customers have signed contracts to buy gas when the extension is completed in late 2012, and the company said 60 more customers are located near the network. Many commercial and industrial customers will convert from fuel oil, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 31%.
The community has sought a secure gas supply in the Thetford Mines area for 15 years in order to expand its industrial potential, Gaz Metro noted.