Costs for new natural gas service installation are flat rates which are set annually by the Board of Directors. These rate are for construction during non-frost conditions. Construction under frost conditions is at an additional cost and will be considered on an individual basis.
The Co-op requires a minimum of eight weeks from date of application to have service constructed and will not guarantee any service applications received after April 15th of each year.
The Co-op reserves the right to refuse service to locations if the cost of service exceeds $20,000.00
Step 1: Complete the Attached Application Form
Only applications completed in their entirety shall be acepted into the construction queue.
Step 2: Submit the Application Form and Property Information
a) Site Plan - Provide a site plan or sketch of the proposed development, including the location of all buildings, the propsed gas line, telephone, water lines, well and septic system, etc.
b) Certificate of Title - All natural gas co-ops require a current Certificate of Title from Alberta Land Titles or copies of long term lease agreements in order to set up a customer contract. The customer contract will be reviewed with you by and employee of the co-op.
c) Making Your Submission - Your completed application form and accompanying information can be faxed, mailed, emailed, or brought in person to Central Peace Natural Gas Co-op.
d) Deposit - $500.00 down payment upon application
e) Full Payment - Payment in full is due prior to installation
Step 3: Designing/Engineering the Natural Gas Service
The Co-op will use the BTUH (British Thermal Heat Uits per Hour) load information you provide in the application to design the natural gas servce. Prior to construction, the Co-op will contact the applicant to establish a mutually agreeable route. The Co-op will provide the proposed natural gas service design to third parties for necessary approvals and permits.
Step 4: Meeting All Other Conditions
Before construction can start, the following conditions must be met:
a) The basement of foundation must be backfilled
b) All privately owned utilties within the property boundaries must be located and clearly marked (the Co-op will arrange to locate owned facilities).
c) The property must be leveled to within 15cm (6 inches) of final grade or final grade must be clearly determined.
d) The route from the gas main to the meter location must be clear of all obstacles, dirt piles and debris.
e) If a modular structure (example: mobile or prefabricated home) requires natural gas service, the modular structure must be on its foundation.
Step 5: Gas Meter Location
a) The proposed gas meter location must comply with the meter location requirements identified in Figure 1 - Regulator Clearance Requirements
b) The gas meter shall be placed in the Consumers property which the Co-op shall have the sole right to determine. The Consumer may designate his choice of location prior to construction and so notify the Co-op. The Co-op may comply with the Consumers wishes if in the opinion of the Co-op the location is suitable and practical for technical and safety reasons.
c) Ownership to the natural gas supplied by the Co-op shall pass from the Co-op to the Consumer at the outlet of the gas meter.
Considerations for Meter Location:
- Ensure the supporting rise pipe is protected from damage and not encased in concrete (the sleeve must rise 100mm (4 inces) above any concrete or ground cover).
- Located where it is least likely to be subject to damage (riser protection is required if there is risk of damage from vehicle traffic or other activites).
- Protected from falling snow, ice or debris that may damage the meter - preferable on a gable end or under a Meter Shelter (See Figure 2 - Meter Shelter Requirements).
- Must prove safe access for maintenance staff. Avoid driveways (rsier protection or a vehicle barrier will be required), porches, decks, sundecks, bay windows and large overhangs (good ventilation and access if required).
- Future facilities requiring natural gas.
A Meter Set is Not Permitted:
- In an enclosed space.
- In a carport or area that may become enclosed in the future.
- Under of within 1 meter of a roof drain or water tap, sump discharge, dryer vent or any other source of water (to avoid possible ice damage).
- In locations where there is likley to be falling snow or ice from buildings or metal roofs.
Step 6: Constructing the Service
After all the necessary approvals are obtained, we will schedule the natural gas service for construction. Prior to construction, a co-op representative will visit the site to confirm with you, and adjoining property owners (when appropriate), the route for construction the service. The Co-op representative will stake the route and the construction crew will install the service along the staked route.
Step 7: Install Gas Piping and Appliances
The Co-op provides the natural gas distribution service up to your service site including the meter. You are responsible for arranging the installation of any gas piping beyond the outlet of our meter, as well as any gas appliances that you may require.
Governement codes and regulations govern the installation of gas piping and appliances. If you will not be doing the work yourself, you must have a certified gas fitter do the work for you.
A gas installation permit is required to install or alter any gas piping beyond the outlet of our meter. You or your certified gas fitter must acquire a valid permit before commencing work. Permis are available through an agency on behalf of the province.
A final inspection of the work done by you and/or your gas fitter must be performed by the agency issuing the permit.
Step 8: Making a Request for the Meter
After construction of the service line is complete and the site is ready for natural gas, a meter must be installed by the Co-op prior to consumption of natural gas. The following information is required to facilitate a new meter installation:
- The permit holder must provde the Co-op with a valid gas installation permit for the work performed at the site.
- BTU Load: Confirmation of the current BTU load at the site. Correct sizing of the meter is important to avoid operational probelms and additional costs.
- Pressure Test (downstream piping): A Co-op service technician must witness the pressure test prior to the meter installation. Alternately, a certified gas fitter may submit a "Service Completion Form" to the Co-op. This form must be submitted to the Co-ops office prior to the meter installation.
- Charges: If upon our arrival the pressure test is not on or is not holding pressure a charge will be incurred by the permit holder.
Making the Connection
The Co-op will perform the final piping connection to the meter. The gas installation permit holder is responsible for appliance activation.