Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 13, 2006 16:32 ET

DND: Canada's New Government Announces Cost-Effective and Environmentally-Friendly Heating Improvements in Gagetown

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 13, 2006) - On behalf of the Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Regional Minister for New Brunswick, today announced that all heating and hot water tanks in the military housing units at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown will be converted to natural gas. This will result in savings to homeowners and an improvement to the province's air quality.

Over the next 18 months, Enbridge Gas New Brunswick will make the conversion to all existing oil and electric heating and hot water systems in these homes. Occupants are expected to save $200 to $300 per year in home heating costs. Greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants are expected to be reduced by approximately five kilotons per year.

"Our military members and their families in Gagetown will enjoy a better quality of life as a result of the conversion," said Minister O'Connor. "This is part of Canada new government's strategy to rebuild the military and invest in infrastructure and housing for the members of our military."

"The homes in Gagetown should have heating and hot water tanks that are reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly - and they now will," said Minister Thompson. "This is a win-win situation for the families in Gagetown and for everyone in New Brunswick who will benefit from cost-savings and air quality improvements." The Department of National Defence's portion of the cost is estimated at $1.075 million, with Enbridge's portion estimated at $5.684 million.

In addition to the conversion to natural gas, the Canadian Forces Housing Agency will replace furnaces and hot water tanks at the base over the next five to ten years as a part of the life-cycle maintenance program.

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