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May 14, 2014

Customers continue to benefit from safe reliable distribution system after August

INUVIK, NWT – Inuvik Gas Ltd. (IGL) and the Town of Inuvik have agreed to negotiate terms of a new Franchise Agreement to ensure the community continues to have access to a safe, reliable gas distribution system. The current agreement is set to expire in August 2014.

“Over the past year we have worked with the Town to explore options and we’ve determined the best solution is for Inuvik Gas to continue to own and operate the system,” said Brad Driscoll, General Manager, Inuvik Gas. “We would like to express our appreciation to the Mayor and Town Council for their cooperation in finding the best solution going forward. We know a renewed Franchise Agreement with the Town of Inuvik will strengthen our relationship and demonstrate our commitment to the people of the community and the North.”

Throughout the discussions, IGL has maintained that there is long-term value in the distribution system, which can be adapted to accommodate other fuel options in the future. “There was a real spirit of co-operation throughout the process as we explored many alternatives for the people who live in this community,” said Mayor Floyd Roland. “We look forward to working with Inuvik Gas while we explore fuel options such as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).”

As the LNG supply chain continues to develop and mature, it is anticipated this will provide additional fuel options for the community resulting in increased security of supply. For more information, please contact:

Brad Driscoll
General Manager
Inuvik Gas
(867) 777-3422

Grant Hood
Senior Administrative Officer
Town of Inuvik
(867) 777-8600

Inuvik Gas is pleased to announce that Brad Driscoll has accepted the position of General Manager effective March 1, 2014.

Brad Driscoll

Brad has 30 years of experience in the industry, with a background in gas fitting, appliance service, and distribution systems. His supervisory and management experience will also benefit the staff and customers of Inuvik Gas. Brad and his wife Rosalie are looking forward to enjoying all the community of Inuvik has to offer.

Q: Who should I call if I have questions about my gas bill?

A: Please call Inuvik Gas directly at 867-777-3422. We would be happy to discuss any issues you may have and answer any questions or concerns. We do want to hear from you.

Q: It seems my winter bill was a lot higher than usual, including my Gigajoule (GJ) usage. Is there a reason why?

A: There could be a number of reasons for this, which we have outlined below. We would be happy to discuss your specific situation – please call us at 867-777-3422 and we can review your bill.

  • The billing cycle in December-January was 35 days because of the end-of-year holidays, which is longer than the usual 28-30 day billing cycle. Please note that our customers’ meters are read on a cycle. Different customers may have their meters read at different times during the month. Every bill is based on a meter reading – there are no estimates done.
  • The rate per GJ increased in February 2013, so any comparisons to last December or January would be comparing to the previous rate.
  • Each household’s consumption varies depending on how frequently appliances are used, whether they have been recently serviced, whether filters have been replaced, etc.
  • Cold weather temperatures will raise consumption.


Q: Does Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) really have the same energy values as natural gas from Ikhil?

A: Yes it does. SNG is a blend of propane and air, and we are able to adjust the blend to match the equivalent of the energy in the gas from Ikhil. We take test samples of both SNG and natural gas to ensure equivalent values.

Q: What is the status of the franchise agreement?

A: Inuvik Gas and the Town are in continued discussions and are committed to reaching an agreement to ensure that the existing distribution system and SNG system will continue to be available for use at the end of the existing franchise. We believe the distribution system, including the SNG system, is of significant long-term value to the Town and is a critical component of any effective long-term heating solution for the community. Until an alternative is developed, it can be used to deliver natural gas from the Ikhil well, SNG, and can be easily modified to handle liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Recommendations

  • We encourage customers to have their appliances maintained annually, which will improve reliability and efficiency, as well as safety.
  • Ensuring all windows in your home are closed and lowering your home temperature can improve efficiencies.
  • We recommend customers consider year-round billing (also known as equalized payments) as an alternative to ‘billing per use’. It balances the costs over the year, therefore bills will not increase as drastically during the cold weather months.
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