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May 19, 2004 - Clean-Burning Economical Alternative to Gasoline

May 19, 2004

Clean-Burning Economical Alternative to Gasoline

The City of Moose Jaw is saving thousands of dollars a year and reducing emissions with natural gas vehicles (NGVs) which are a viable, economical and environmentally-friendly fuel option for businesses.

SaskEnergy's sixth natural gas refuelling station in Saskatchewan officially opened today in Moose Jaw for the convenience of City of Moose Jaw and other natural gas vehicles, selling an equivalent litre of natural gas at 48.9 cents.

"We've got the answer for fleet vehicle owners who would like a clean-burning and economical fuel," said Doug Kelln, Senior Vice President, SaskEnergy Distribution Utility. "SaskEnergy is pleased to be working in partnership with the City of Moose Jaw to give their fleet vehicles this affordable option. With the City of Moose Jaw's leadership role in converting to natural gas vehicles, SaskEnergy is able to provide their vehicles with a new, safe and easy-to-access natural gas cardlock station."

The City of Moose Jaw has embarked on a natural gas vehicles program involving the conversion of 18 vehicles over a period of four years. These natural gas vehicles will reduce smog-causing emissions by half and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent compared to traditional gas and diesel burning vehicles.

The opening of the Moose Jaw Natural Gas Refuelling Station on High Street West means Compressed Natural Gas is available 24 hours a day through a cardlock system to the City of Moose Jaw and other Moose Jaw fleets interested in using natural gas vehicles.

"I am very pleased to announce the opening of Moose Jaw's Natural Gas Refuelling Station. As we all know, natural gas is one of Saskatchewan's most valuable resources," said Moose Jaw Mayor Al Schwinghamer. "We are proud to work with SaskEnergy to provide our City vehicles with natural gas, a clean burning fuel alternative."

This facility is in addition to the existing stations in North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon and Yorkton. The Moose Jaw Natural Gas Refuelling Station can service one vehicle at a time, and filling time is approximately five minutes.

A variety of vehicles in the province such as school buses, street sweepers, trucks and ice resurfacers already use natural gas. Natural gas is ideal for fleet vehicles that return to a central point daily and can share a fuelling station.

For more information, please contact:

Dave Burdeniuk
Manager, Communications
Phone: (306) 777-9842
Email: dburdeniuk@saskenergy.com