EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2012) - On September 2, ATCO Gas will mark its 100th year of natural gas service in Alberta by donating an extensive historical collection representing its history and the development of the province's natural gas industry. Minister of Culture, Heather Klimchuk will accept the donation at the opening ceremonies of the Legislature building's centennial celebrations.

"This year marks 100 years of natural gas service in the province of Alberta, and this legacy gift is one of the many ways ATCO Gas is celebrating with our 1.1 million customers," says Bill Stephens, Senior Vice President & General Manager, ATCO Gas. "The collection traces the arrival of natural gas service in Alberta, how it transformed Albertans' day to day lives and helped shape entire communities."

The introduction of natural gas service in 1912 by Canadian Western Natural Gas, Heat, Light and Power, later to become ATCO Gas, provided a clean and convenient energy source for industry as well as modernized home heating and cooking for Albertans.

The Provincial Archives of Alberta will house the collection of over 25,000 early photographs, film reels and documents making the records available to all Albertans.

"The Provincial Archives of Alberta connects us to our province's history so that we can better understand ourselves today and help preserve our heritage for the future," said Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Alberta Culture. "The Government of Alberta values ATCO Gas's generous donation that will be used by researchers and everyday Albertans now and in the future to better understand the legacy of the natural gas industry and its impact on the history and culture of Alberta."

Event Details

The presentation of the ATCO Gas historical collection will take place during the Formal Program of the Party Under The Dome, the Alberta Legislature building's centennial celebration, starting at 11:00 a.m. MST on September 2, 2012 at the Alberta Legislature building. Full program details are available at www.assembly.ab.ca/100/event.html.

About ATCO Gas

ATCO Gas is celebrating 100 years of heating homes and warming communities in Alberta. As an Alberta-based, province-wide natural gas distribution company, ATCO Gas serves more than 1.1 million customers in nearly 300 Alberta communities and is part of the ATCO Group of Companies.

ATCO Group, with more than 8,800 employees and assets of approximately $13 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

About the Provincial Archives of Alberta

Operated by Alberta Culture, the Provincial Archives of Alberta acquires, preserves and makes available for research private and government records of provincial significance. It also serves as the permanent repository of records of enduring value of the Government of Alberta. Located in Edmonton, the Archives houses 1.4 million photographs, 23,000 moving images and 36,000 audio recordings.

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