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April 12, 2013 12:27 ET

Yukon Electrical Co. Ltd.: Watson Lake Bi-Fuel Project Seeks Public Input

First of its kind project in Yukon to be launched in spring 2013

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwired - April 12, 2013) - Yukon Electrical Co. Ltd. announced today that its application for the Watson Lake liquefied natural gas (LNG) project has been accepted by the Yukon Environmental Assessment Board (YESAB). The project, to be undertaken in partnership with ATCO Gas and ATCO Energy Solutions, will now move to the 'seeking views and information' phase of the evaluation process.

"We are very excited to undertake this project - the first of its kind in Yukon, to explore the potential for LNG as a safe and affordable alternative fuel for electricity generation," said Dwight Redden, General Manager, Yukon Electrical. "We believe that once a supply chain has been established for LNG in the North, the cost savings and environmental benefits from displacing the use of diesel will be very positive."

The project will convert one of the six diesel-fired electrical generators at Watson Lake to a bi-fuel system able to accept natural gas. About 50 per cent of the diesel consumed by the generator is expected to be displaced by natural gas, equating to a reduction of on-site carbon dioxide emissions of approximately 300 tonnes per year - equivalent to permanently removing 60 vehicles from the road annually.

Yukon Electrical expects that the cost of LNG, which will be transported from a location in southwestern BC to an on-site storage facility in Watson Lake, will be competitive with diesel. ATCO Gas will construct and maintain the storage and vaporization facility that will be required to convert the LNG back to a gas for use in the generator. The construction and conversion is expected to begin in the spring of 2013, with start-up anticipated in the fall.

Yukon Electrical hosted an open house for the community of Watson Lake in November 2012 and will continue to consult with the public throughout the permitting and construction process. Interested parties are encouraged to learn more about the Watson Lake bi-fuel project and submit any questions or comments through the YESAB online registry at: www.yesab.ca.

Yukon Electrical, ATCO Gas and ATCO Energy Solutions are part of the ATCO Group of Companies. ATCO Group, with more than 9,400 employees and assets of approximately $14 billion, delivers service excellence and innovative business solutions worldwide with leading companies engaged in structures & logistics (manufacturing, logistics and noise abatement), utilities (pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution), energy (power generation, natural gas gathering, processing, storage and liquids extraction) and technologies (business systems solutions). More information can be found at www.atco.com.

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