The Saskatchewan NDP has very little information about the sale of two publicly-owned gas plants to a private, out-of-province company, so they’re asking for the government to be more transparent in its actions.
SaskEnergy critic Nicole Rancourt says the two plants are being sold for just over 31-million dollars.
“When I met with the Minister a few months ago in committee, I asked specifically if there was any assets with SaskEnergy or TransGas that they were considering the sale of, and she didn’t indicate that this was something that would be coming forward.” explained Rancourt.
Rancourt has delivered a letter to SaskEnergy Minister Bronwyn Eyre asking why the sale was being pursued, how much SaskEnergy invested in the plant in the last ten years, and what the most recent assessment value is for the two plants.
The NDP is concerned over what seems to be a trend toward privatization of Crown Corporations.
Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy Bronwyn Eyre says the two non-core assets, one near Kindersley and a 50 percent share of the Kisbey plant, have been sold by SaskEnergy.
“In terms of where the proceeds will go, two examples: 50-million dollars has been budgeted to move high-pressure gas lines around Regina for safety reasons; $70-million to move high-pressure lines in Saskatoon.” Eyre said.
Eyre says they’re seeing major players in the gas sector, like Enbridge, selling their gas processing assets and returning to their core pipeline and gas distribution operations, and believes Saskatchewan people want SaskEnergy to be focused on distribution and gas transmission.
She says no jobs will be lost as a result of these sales.