Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

March 20, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of British Columbia: British Columbia Fuels Oil and Gas Service Sector

DAWSON CREEK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 20, 2009) -

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

2009EMPR0016-000460

March 20, 2009

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

DAWSON CREEK - Initiatives focused on the northeast oil and gas service sector will provide new tools to help drive the industry to the next level, announced Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom at the inaugural meeting of the Service Sector Advisory Committee today in Dawson Creek.

"The new Service Sector Advisory Committee, plus a searchable database of B.C. service sector companies, and two northeast B.C.-based Procurement Help Offices will ensure more B.C. businesses find and secure opportunities in B.C.'s lucrative oil and gas sector," said Lekstrom. "B.C.'s service sector continues to grow and develop and it is imperative that we support the industry with innovative, effective programs and services."

The Service Sector Advisory Committee is tasked with supporting the growth of the service sector in British Columbia by providing expert knowledge to assist in the identification of priority issues and developing recommendations to address opportunities and challenges to economic development. The committee will consist of industry experts, economic development officers and service sector businesses.

A free, online searchable database of B.C. service sector businesses will be available to oil and gas companies searching for local procurement. It will include at least 75 per cent of all known B.C. service sector companies classified using industry standards. The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources provided $30,000 in a contribution agreement with Energy Services BC to develop this database.

In addition to the database, the ministry, along with Energy Services BC, will establish two procurement help offices, one in Fort Nelson and the other in Dawson Creek, to help service sector companies navigate the complex procurement standards required by oil and gas companies. The offices will act as liaison between oil and gas companies working in the area and local service sector companies.

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Contact Information

  • Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
    Jake Jacobs
    Public Affairs Officer
    (250) 952-0628 or Cell: (250) 213-6934
    Website: www.gov.bc.ca