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IRC To Assess Natural Gas Development Potential In Beaufort Delta Region
The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) has announced an investment of $467,200 to support a feasibility study led by Inuvialuit Regional Corporation that will assess the potential for natural gas development in the Beaufort Delta region.
IRC seeks to lower living costs for local residents and businesses by securing a regional energy source to replace diesel. Should natural gas extraction be viable, the development of this resource could provide clean energy security, employment opportunities, and support a sustainable economic future in the Inuvialuit region. The opening of the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk all-season highway this autumn will provide access to the Inuvialuit-owned land with natural gas potential.
“Inuvialuit are committed to working with our territorial and federal counterparts to unlock the potential of our region. This feasibility study will improve our collective ability to take advantage of the cleaner energy that lies right beneath our feet,” said Duane Ningaqsiq Smith, Chair and CEO of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation.
The Beaufort Delta Regional Energy Study will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will assess resource viability, and develop a local energy supply and distribution model with the focus on Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Inuvik, Tsiigehtchic and Tuktoyaktuk. The second phase will explore a regional model including Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok.
CanNor’s investment is from the Northern Aboriginal Economic Opportunities Program. This program aims to increase the participation of Northern Aboriginal communities and businesses in economic opportunities. CanNor contributed $467,200 over two years. The Government of the Northwest Territories and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation each invested $58,400. The total project funding is $584,000.
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