Cullen pleased with final investment decision from AltaGas

PRINCE RUPERT – Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) is pleased with this week’s announcement from AltaGas that the company will invest in their proposed Ridley Island Propane Export Facility.

“It’s really encouraging to see a sound development project given a positive investment decision in the Northwest,” said Cullen.  “This is particularly good news for Prince Rupert and Port Edward.

“The siting for the project on Ridley Island is suitable for this type of development and it will put the Northwest on the map as the first propane export terminal on the west coast of Canada.

“This project will provide many employment opportunities for people across the north and BC. I congratulate AltaGas for committing to project development in the Northwest. It is my hope that this announcement will help to stimulate further opportunities for communities in the region.”

The proposed propane export terminal will provide 200-250 jobs during construction and 40-50 permanent jobs upon completion. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2017 and the completed facility is expected to be operational by 2019. The terminal will be capable of exporting 1.2 million tonnes of propane a year.

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Contact:          Shelley Browne, 250-877-4140, nathan.cullen.c1@parl.gc.ca