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Town of Inuvik Running on Natural Gas

The Town of Inuvik switched to natural gas on Friday, October 26 as planned during the closure of the Dempster Highway.

With more than 90 percent of in-home inspections completed, Inuvik Gas has not found any issues with the use of synthetic natural gas (SNG), except for the complex system used by the ice-rink's Zamboni.

Inuvik Gas has also completed the survey of all external gas meters and above-ground pipes in preparation for cold-weather operations. We continue to review system requirements and are investigating all options to determine if more work is required. We will continue to update customers on progress as we work to provide safe and reliable energy for homes and businesses this winter.

Inuvik Gas recommends that customers contact their insurance company to inform them that the system will be using both SNG and natural gas this winter. SNG is a mixture of propane and air. If the insurance company has questions, they can contact Inuvik Gas at 777-3422.

Natural gas and SNG are both odorized. If customers smell gas, they should call Inuvik Gas’ Emergency Line right away at no charge 24 hours a day at 777-4427.

For additional information, please visit www.inuvikgas.com or contact:

Kevin MacKay
General Manager
Inuvik Gas Limited
(867) 777 3422

Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) Distribution System Update

The Town of Inuvik is now running on synthetic natural gas (SNG), working collaboratively with the local and chief gas inspectors. This will help preserve the remaining natural gas reserves at Ikhil.

Inuvik Gas Customer Service representatives have completed a first pass through town as part of testing and implementing the SNG distribution system. However, we recognize not everyone was home.

Our Customer Service representatives continue to inspect natural gas appliances and check electrical panels. Our immediate goal is to finish testing every natural gas appliance in customers' homes and businesses (such as furnaces, water tanks and stoves) on the SNG system. We also want to check electrical panels to help us determine possible additional requirements for winter. For the convenience of our customers, we are available seven days a week to complete these appliance tests.

If customers have not yet had appliances tested, they can contact Inuvik Gas and leave a message at 620-0557 to suggest a convenient appointment time, including Saturday and Sunday. Or call Inuvik Gas' general number at 777-3422 for more information.

In preparation for winter, we have completed our survey of all external gas meters and pipes.

Natural gas and SNG are both odorized. If customers smell gas, they should call Inuvik Gas’ Emergency Line right away at no charge 24 hours a day at 777-4427.

For additional information, please contact:

Kevin MacKay
General Manager
Inuvik Gas Limited
(867) 777 3422

Synthetic Natural Gas Distribution System Testing

Inuvik Gas is testing and implementing the synthetic natural gas (SNG) distribution system that is intended to provide energy to customers this winter in order to preserve the remaining natural gas reserves at Ikhil. Inuvik Gas will soon be visiting customers' homes and businesses as part of this process.

There will be two parts to the testing:

  1. Starting Tuesday, October 2, local Inuvik Gas personnel will inspect each customer's external gas meter and pipes to determine possible additional requirements for winter. This survey will be conducted outside, and does not require any action by customers. All personnel will have picture ID and will be wearing safety vests.
  2. Starting Thursday, October 4, Inuvik Gas will test the SNG system in sections by qualified personnel. Our goal is to test every natural gas appliance on the SNG system (such as furnaces, water tanks and stoves), as well as check electrical panels. These personnel will also have picture ID.

Customers will receive a call from one of our Customer Service representatives to arrange an appointment for the inspection. Alternatively, if customers would like to suggest a convenient appointment time, they can leave a message at 620-0557. Renters are requested to please advise their landlord of the work being carried out, although Inuvik Gas will be working directly with tenants.

To complete the in-home and in-business appliance testing and review of the electrical panels as quickly and safely as possible with the least disruption, Inuvik Gas has brought in additional personnel and will also be working with local contractors.

Before we convert the full system to SNG, announcements will be posted in and around town. In advance of the switchover, we recommend that customers contact their insurance company to advise them that the system will be using synthetic natural gas this winter, which is a mixture of propane and air. If the insurance company has questions, they should contact Inuvik Gas right away.

For further information, customers can call Inuvik Gas' general number at 777-3422. Natural gas and SNG are both odorized. If a customer smells gas, they should call Inuvik Gas’ Emergency Line at no charge 24 hours a day at 777-4427.

The switch to SNG was required after one of the two wells that supply natural gas to the Town of Inuvik was unable to produce due to an inflow of water. Attempts to repair the well were unsuccessful and the well remains shut in. Recoverable reserves in the remaining well are less than initially projected.

For additional information, please contact:

Kevin MacKay
General Manager
Inuvik Gas Limited
(867) 777-3422

Inuvik Gas Receives Final Reserve Report for Ikhil Pool

Inuvik Gas Ltd. (IGL) and the Ikhil Joint Venture (IJV) today announced that they have received a final reserve report for the Ikhil natural gas pool. The report confirms the remaining recoverable reserves are significantly less than originally anticipated. At current production rates, the pool has been estimated to have a likely reserve life of 1.2 years, with the possibility that reserves could last up to 2.3 years. However, as with any reserve analysis, uncertainty exists and the reserve life could be significantly less.

“The report confirms the value of the work that the IJV, IGL and other stakeholders have undertaken to develop a short-term plan to extend the life of the reserve and to put an emergency backup system in place,” said Kevin MacKay, General Manager, Inuvik Gas.

Since 1999, two wells located 50 km northwest of Inuvik at Ikhil, have supplied natural gas to IGL for customers in the Town of Inuvik. In addition, these two wells also supplied natural gas to the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) to generate electricity in Inuvik.

In November 2010, one of the two wells at Ikhil ceased to produce due to water entering the well bore. Since that time, a number of technically advanced studies have been conducted to determine the remaining gas supply at Ikhil.

In December 2011, the NTPC announced that it would be reducing demand on the Ikhil reserves by switching to existing diesel generators. The lifespan of the pool is based on forecasted production which takes into account reduced consumption by the NTPC.

“Together with the Town of Inuvik and the Government of the Northwest Territories, we continue to pursue options to secure a long-term natural gas supply solution for the town and for the NTPC,” said MacKay.

Meetings with representatives from the Federal Government to discuss continued gas supply for the Town of Inuvik are taking place this week.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin MacKay
General Manager
Inuvik Gas
1-867-877-3422

Inuvik Gas Ltd. distributes natural gas to approximately 900 commercial and residential customers in the town of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. Two wells at Ikhil, located 50 kilometres northwest of Inuvik on the Mackenzie River, supply Inuvik Gas Ltd. and the Northwest Territories Power Commission. Inuvik Gas Ltd. and the Ikhil Joint Venture are owned by the Inuvialuit Petroleum Corporation, AltaGas Ltd. And ATCO Midstream NWT Ltd

Inuvik Gas and Ikhil Joint Venture Work With NTPC to Reduce Natural Gas Demand

Inuvik Gas Ltd. and the Ikhil Joint Venture together with the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC), are working to reduce demand on current natural gas reserves in the Ikhil pool. Beginning this month, The NTPC, which uses natural gas from Ikhil to power its electricity grid, will switch over to existing diesel generators. The move could effectively double the period over which the remaining natural gas supply can meet the demands of Inuvik Gas customers.

“We thank the NTPC for their significant reduction in the current demand on the Ikhil reserves,” said Kevin MacKay, General Manager, Inuvik Gas Ltd. “As we continue to work on a plan to secure a long-term natural gas supply for the town, we are encouraging conservation.”

Since 1999, two wells located 50 km northwest of Inuvik at Ikhil, have supplied the Northwest Territories Power Commission (NTPC) and Inuvik Gas Ltd. with natural gas. In November 2010, one of the two wells at Ikhil ceased to produce due to water entering the well bore. A preliminary reserve analysis indicates that remaining reserves are significantly less than originally anticipated.

“I am pleased that for the safety and security of the residents of Inuvik, the service providers in the community could work together to extend the life of the Ikhil reserve,” said Inuvik Mayor, Denny Rodgers. “Anything that can be done to give residents longer access to natural gas for heating will have a positive impact on the community.”

In October 2011, Inuvik Gas commissioned a propane air system to provide a short-term, back-up energy supply to the Town of Inuvik in the event of a natural gas outage. When activated, the propane air system uses the existing natural gas system to deliver continued service to customers.

Inuvik Gas and the Ikhil Joint Venture continue to work closely with the Town of Inuvik and the Government of Northwest Territories to assess options for a long-term natural gas solution for the community. One option includes the possible development of the South Parsons Lake reserves – a natural gas field 25 km from Inuvik.

For more information, please contact:
Kevin MacKay,
General Manager,
Inuvik Gas Ltd
Phone (867) 777-3422
Fax (867) 777-3339

Inuvik Gas Ltd. distributes natural gas to approximately 900 commercial and residential customers in the town of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. Inuvik Gas Ltd. and the Ikhil Joint Venture are owned by the Inuvialuit Petroleum Corporation, AltaGas Ltd. and ATCO Midstream NWT Ltd

Media Advisory - August 9, 2011

Inuvik Gas Ltd. today announced that in collaboration with the Town of Inuvik and the Government of the Northwest Territories, it has initiated plans to construct the first stage of a propane air system that will provide a back-up energy supply to the Town of Inuvik in the unlikely event of a natural gas outage. The design work for the system is complete and is targeted to be in place ahead of the 2011-2012 winter season.

Inuvik Gas Ltd. and its natural gas supplier, the Ikhil Joint Venture, represent the first natural gas development project north of the Arctic Circle. Inuvik Gas provides safe, low cost natural gas to 87 percent of Inuvik residents and businesses with access to its distribution system and has been operating in the area since 1999.

Earlier this year, a program to repair one of the two gas wells at Ikhil was unsuccessful, and the well remains shut in. Natural gas production from the remaining well a t I k h i l continues to meet the demand of Inuvik Gas Ltd. and its customers in the town of Inuvik, and the Northwest Territories Power Corporation.

“We are committed to the safety of our customers and to ensuring there is a back-up fuel supply to the town of Inuvik should there be an interruption to natural gas service”, said Bud Seens, General Manager, Inuvik Gas Ltd. “A propane air system can be implemented without physical changes to homes and business and allows a seamless transition between the fuels. This maintains our utility customers’ ability to continue to use natural gas over the long term.”

As part of IGL’s and Ikhil’s long-term commitment to providing natural gas supply to the community, the Ikhil Joint Venture has also begun to evaluate a number of other options including the viability of drilling a new well.

“In addition to implementing the propane air system,” added Mr. Seens, “the goal of Inuvik Gas is to make sure there is not only a short-term term back-up supply in place but to ensure a long-term future natural gas supply for the community.”

For more information, please contact:
Bud Seens,
General Manager
Inuvik Gas Ltd
Phone (867) 777 3422
Fax (867) 777-3339

Inuvik Gas Ltd. distributes natural gas to approximately 940 commercial and residential customers in the town of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. A well at Ikhil, located 50 kilometers northwest of Inuvik on the Mackenzie River, supply Inuvik Gas Ltd. and the Northwest Territories Power Commission. Inuvik Gas Ltd. and the Ikhil Joint Venture are owned by the Inuvialuit Petroleum Corporation, AltaGas Ltd. and ATCO Midstream NWT Ltd.

Media Advisory - March 30, 2011

Inuvik Gas Ltd. and the Ikhil Joint Venture today announced that the repair work on one of the two gas wells located at Ikhil has concluded. Gravel and methanol supplies are being replenished and the gas well was shut in.

As announced in the December 22, 2010 Media Advisory, natural gas production from the second well at Ikhil continues to meet the demands of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation and Inuvik Gas Ltd. and its customers in the town of Inuvik.

The Ikhil Joint Venture operator, Utility Group Facilities Inc. (a subsidiary of AltaGas Ltd.) on behalf of the joint venture partners, is working with consultants to evaluate other options, or procedures to bring the well back in service.

For more information, please contact:
Bud Seens,
General Manager,
Inuvik Gas Ltd
Phone (867) 777-3422
Fax (867) 777-3339

Inuvik Gas Ltd. distributes natural gas to approximately 900 commercial and residential customers in the town of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. Two wells at Ikhil, located 50 kilometres northwest of Inuvik on the Mackenzie River, supply Inuvik Gas Ltd. and the Northwest Territories Power Commission. Inuvik Gas Ltd. and the Ikhil Joint Venture are owned by the Inuvialuit Petroleum Corporation, AltaGas Ltd. and ATCO Midstream NWT Ltd. Media Advisory

Media Advisory - December 22, 2010

Inuvik Gas Ltd. and the Ikhil Joint Venture today announced that the Ikhil Joint Venture has applied for a permit from the National Energy Board to perform repair work this winter on a natural gas well at Ikhil.

The Ikhil Joint Venture operator, Utility Group Facilities Inc. (a subsidiary of AltaGas Ltd.), on behalf of its joint venture partners, is implementing plans to contract and mobilize equipment to build an ice road from the Mackenzie River to Ikhil and to repair the casing of the well. In conjunction with the repair work, gravel and methanol supplies will be replenished.

Roadwork is expected to begin in February, 2011, while repairs to the well are expected to be complete in March.

In the interim, natural gas production from a second well at Ikhil will supply the demand of the Northwest Territories Power Commission and of Inuvik Gas Ltd. and its customers in the town of Inuvik.

For more information, please contact:
Bud Seens,
General Manager,
Inuvik Gas Ltd
Phone (867) 777-3422
Fax (867) 777-3339

Inuvik Gas Ltd. distributes natural gas to approximately 900 commercial and residential customers in the town of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. Two wells at Ikhil, located 50 kilometres northwest of Inuvik on the Mackenzie River, supply Inuvik Gas Ltd. and the Northwest Territories Power Commission. Inuvik Gas Ltd. and the Ikhil Joint Venture are owned by the Inuvialuit Petroleum Corporation, AltaGas Ltd. and ATCO Midstream NWT Ltd.

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