ATCO deploys 200-person work camp to service wildfire ravaged Slave Lake

Source: ATCO Ltd., ATCO Electric and ATCO Gas 

ATCO Electric and ATCO Gas (TSX:ACO.X) (TSX:ACO.Y) announced that they have mobilized a 200-person temporary housing facility to Slave Lake to be used to accommodate ATCO workers deployed to restore power and gas service toareas ravaged by wildfires. The camp also includes a self sustaining kitchen facility. 

"There is an immediate need to provide lodging and food to ATCO workers, many of whom have been personally affected by the fires and have been working tirelessly to restore critical electric and gas utility infrastructure to Slave Lake and surrounding area," said Siegfried Kiefer, Managing Director, Utilities, ATCO Group. 

Wildfires in northern Alberta caused extensive damage to the Town of Slave Lake and surrounding communities and impacted power service to the critical oilfield area throughout much of northeastern Alberta. ATCO Electric and ATCO Gas have close to 100 workers requiring immediate accommodation in the community and this number will expand as authorization is received to restore power services to additional areas. 

"We have an incredibly dedicated and caring workforce and it is essential that we get adequate accommodations into the area as quickly as possible," said Mr. Kiefer. "ATCO is fortunate to have experience in emergency support and rapid deployment." 

Modular units belonging to ATCO Structures & Logistics began arriving in the Slave Lake area on Thursday and continued to be trucked in over the long weekend. The facility should be fully operational by the end of this week. It will accommodate workers from ATCO Electric and ATCO Gas - companies that have served the community for decades. 

"Our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Slave Lake," said Mr. Kiefer. "Residents should be assured that we are working in conjunction with Alberta's Emergency Management Agency to restore electricity and gas services as safely and quickly as possible so people can get back to their homes and businesses." 

Damage to ATCO Gas's infrastructure is extensive but confined to the Town of Slave Lake. Damage to the electrical infrastructure in the region is more widespread, creating an urgent need for workers to rebuild and repair. Assessments of damaged power lines throughout the region begins as soon as ATCO Electric obtains safe access to an area.

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