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Fortis, Hawaiian Electric deal praised

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LNG Industry,

British Columbia’s (B.C.) Minister of Natural Gas Development, Rich Coleman, has released a statement congratulating Fortis and Hawaiian Electric Company on signing one of the first agreements to export LNG from B.C.

Mr Coleman said: “The agreement showcases British Columbia’s capacity to supply clean energy to new markets and our potential to create jobs and long-term economic growth through the development of our natural gas sector […] As a result, Hawaiian Electric will be in a position to decrease its reliance on imported oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the state's transition to 100% renewable energy.

“Thanks to Fortis’ vision, the Tilbury facility is currently undergoing a $400 million expansion to serve the British Columbia market. This is creating contract work for over 100 companies in B.C. and jobs for British Columbians. To date, more than 470 trades people have registered for work on the project, logging 65 000 full-time equivalent hours so far.”

Mr Coleman added: “Fortis’ foresight will now lead to further expansion of the facility to help British Columbia meet the export demand for B.C. LNG and grow our economy for the future benefit of all British Columbians.”

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