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ATCO Gas Australia Opens Innovative Business and Operations Centre

New facility features latest in natural gas technologies and the ATCO Gas Blue Flame community kitchen

PERTH, AUSTRALIA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/12/14 -- Editors Note: There are two photos associated with this press release.

ATCO Gas Australia Pty. Ltd (ATCO) announced today the opening of a state-of-the-art business and operations centre in Jandakot as part of its ongoing commitment to the region and the safe, reliable delivery of natural gas in Western Australia.

Located on Prinsep Road, the purpose-built facility showcases new natural gas technologies, including state-of-the-art appliances, vehicles and back-up generators all fuelled by natural gas.

"This is an exciting day for ATCO Gas Australia as this new facility demonstrates how gas-powered innovations, such as gas-powered air conditioning, can provide greener energy solutions," said Alan Dixon, President, ATCO Gas Australia. "By switching to natural gas, businesses can benefit from lower running costs, improved environmental ratings for buildings and a diversified portfolio of energy solutions which provides energy security."

The facility's state-of-the-art natural gas-powered air conditioning units will help to minimise operating costs and environmental footprint. The facility also features natural gas-fired back-up power generation that provides security of continuous operations without the need to store fuel on site. A compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station has also been installed to service ATCO's CNG fleet vehicles, which will result in lower fuel costs and reduced emissions. The CNG refueling station also has the capacity to fuel CNG vehicles owned by other organisations.

Covering more than 3,127m2, the Jandakot facility will house more than 200 employees and bring together operational and office-based staff for the first time. The construction process incorporated the removal and storage of 243 plants from the site, including 220 grass trees and 23 Macrozamias. These plants have been replanted around the new facility, restoring the appearance and ecology of the site to its former state.

The facility also houses the new ATCO Gas Blue Flame Kitchen, which will engage the local community by providing cooking classes and demonstrations, in addition to offering educational programs to teach school children about nutrition, kitchen safety, and cooking with natural gas. To celebrate the official launch of the ATCO Gas Blue Flame Kitchen, ATCO also announced today an initiative to provide funding to select City of Cockburn schools to help them establish their own kitchen gardens.

ATCO Gas Australia owns, operates and maintains the largest reticulated gas infrastructure in Western Australia. The gas reticulation networks serve Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Harvey, Pinjarra, Brunswick Junction, Capel and the Perth greater metropolitan area including Mandurah. These combined networks cover approximately 13,500 km, connecting more than 683,000 residential, commercial and industrial end users to natural gas and LPG.

ATCO Gas Australia is part of the ATCO Group of Companies. ATCO Group, with more than 9,800 employees and assets of approximately CAD$16 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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