Northern Canada’s first liquefied natural gas facility opened today in Inuvik, providing significant environmental benefits and lowering rate costs to 21 NWT communities.
By using clean natural gas instead of diesel, the facility will eliminate almost 6,000 tonnes of CO 2 equivalent from the atmosphere each year. It will also lower power rates by 2% for residents of the 21 communities that are not on the hydro system. The plant is a partnership between the Northwest Territories Power Corporation, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and NT Energy Corporation, and is the first of several planned conversions from diesel to natural gas in the NWT.
“Our plan is to prove the technology and benefits of liquefied natural gas, and then develop similar projects,” said Emanuel DaRosa, president and CEO of NTPC. “With a full diesel backup, this plant can switch between the two sources as required to provide safe and reliable electricity. The first two truckloads of LNG have already arrived from British Columbia, offsetting half of the diesel required to generate Inuvik’s electricity.”
“Northern innovation and initiative is making our communities more sustainable,” said Premier Bob McLeod. “This project has significant environmental benefits and we hope to see LNG energy production in other viable N.W.T. communities in the coming years. Our government is also exploring the business case for industrial-scale applications that could power mines in the North Slave region.”
“Our energy system is critical to creating a strong, prosperous North,” said MichaelMiltenberger, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation. “Displacing diesel with cheaper and cleaner fuels will reduce impacts on our environment and the cost of living. The NWT is a potential energy superpower, and this new facility positions us to make better use of our own gas supplies once they become viable.”
The project is a key initiative in the Northwest Territories Energy Action Plan and the Vision for the NWT Power System Plan.
Construction began in August 2013.
For more information, contact:
NT Energy Corporation
Tel: (867) 446-4564