AltaGas Utility Group Inc.
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AltaGas Utility Group Inc.

August 14, 2007 18:08 ET

AltaGas Utility Group Inc. Announces Halifax Natural Gas Deliveries in 2007

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2007) - Patricia Newson, President and Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas Utility Group Inc. (Utility Group) (TSX:AUI) today announced that Nova Scotian natural gas will flow to Heritage Gas Limited (Heritage Gas) customers on the Halifax peninsula before the end of December. To date approximately 80 percent of downtown office buildings and the Capital District Health Authority's QEII Hospital facilities have committed to convert their equipment to natural gas.

"We want to congratulate the government, businesses and homeowners for their vision in making natural gas possible for the Halifax community," said Ray Ritcey, President of Heritage Gas. "We look forward to serving Halifax by providing a modern, environmentally friendly energy choice for today - and the years ahead."

"This is an investment in the environment, in the economy, and in the Halifax community," said Premier Rodney MacDonald. "Natural gas reduces our greenhouse gas emissions and diversifies our energy supply. It supports our commitment to sustainable prosperity in Nova Scotia."

Offering natural gas as a fuel choice provides competition and creates options for businesses and homeowners to maximize energy efficiency.

Heritage Gas has been installing gas lines on the Halifax side of the harbour since the beginning of August. In early September, drilling will begin on the main pipeline to connect natural gas to Halifax. The one-kilometre line will run 60 metres below the floor of the Halifax harbour, under the Halifax Shipyards in Halifax to Nivens Avenue in Dartmouth. The dig itself is expected to take nearly four months to complete. Heritage Gas expects to spend $30 million on the Halifax gas distribution system over the next couple of years.

Heritage Gas is a Nova Scotia-based company owned 24.9 percent by Utility Group, 25 percent by Silgascorp Inc and 50.1 percent by SaskEnergy Nova Scotia Holdings Ltd. Heritage Gas currently serves Dartmouth, Amherst and the Airport area with natural gas.

AltaGas Utility Group Inc. is a publicly traded company holding interests in AltaGas Utilities Inc., Heritage Gas Limited and Inuvik Gas Ltd. Combined, these regulated natural gas distribution businesses serve more than 65,000 customers in three areas of Canada through an infrastructure of nearly 20,000 kilometres of pipelines. Utility Group also holds an interest in the Ikhil Joint Venture which produces and supplies natural gas in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Utility Group pursues opportunities to invest in infrastructure-based utility and related businesses with long-term, stable returns.

AltaGas Utility Group's 8.2 million common shares began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AUI on November 17, 2005.

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