Shell Canada donates $150,000 to NLC for proposed trades training centre

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Shell Canada Limited has donated $150,000 to a proposed new trades training centre at Northern Lights College that will be built on the Dawson Creek Campus, subject to all appropriate approvals.

“We look forward to developing and building this asset for many years to come and will need the locally trained skilled workforce that this facility at Northern Lights College can provide to us and our contractors,” said Wouter de Klien, Operations Manager of Shell Greater Groundbirch.

Groundbirch consists of multiple facilities including water and fluid handling facilities, and two main gas processing complexes.

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They currently have two active drilling rigs, 1000+ km of pipeline and over 420 wells.

Groundbirch’s daily production for 2015 is expected to be over 410 million cubic feet of raw gas per day (mmcfe/d).

“Shell Canada is one of the College’s biggest supporters, and we are thankful for the support this donation will bring as it will help greatly towards the construction of a proposed trades training centre,” said NLC President/CEO Dr. Klumatycki, who said he greatly valued the support of industry partners like Shell Canada.

“The Provincial Government continues to work with Northern Lights College in developing a business plan for the proposed new trades training centre in Dawson Creek,” said Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier, acknowledging the generous support of Shell Canada Limited and other donors.

Bernier added that the government is investing $185 million into new infrastructure and equipment to support the trades – as part of BC’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.

NLC offers two intakes each year for Foundation Trades programs in September and February, with various start dates for its Apprenticeships programs. More information can be found on the website.

Donations and awards programs are administered by the NLC Foundation, who awarded more than $500,000 in the 2014-15 academic year.

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This donation follow ones from Encana, TransCanada, and Storm Resources Ltd. this past October.

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