An extension of natural gas and telecommunications service underway within CentrePort Canada is expected to attract new businesses to the 20,000-acre inland port.
"These services are absolutely critical to us," said CentrePort marketing and communications manager Riva Harrison.
While 42 companies have built or are building within CentrePort, including the portion that lies within the RM of Rosser, servicing now-undeveloped areas is anticipated to bring in about 70 new businesses by 2020, according to a news release.
Manitoba Hydro is installing pipeline for natural gas to heat and supply future businesses. Spokesman Scott Powell said the work that started on Nov. 23 includes laying eight-inch polyethylene pipe to carry natural gas as well as telecommunication cable in a partnership with Shaw and MTS. The 7.6 kilometres of pipe is being connected to existing service on the west Perimeter Highway.
Powell said, although this type of installation has been done before, the scale of the CentrePort project makes it unique.
"It’s a bit of a pilot for us," said Powell.
The work is expected to be completed within a year.
The project’s second phase will extend natural gas service to a 590-acre residential development planned along the southern edge of CentrePort.
The Times Dec. 09 2015