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Natural Resources Minister Eleanor Norrie is calling on companies
in Nova Scotia to make their presence and their skills known to
partners in the Sable Offshore Energy Project (SOEP).

An electronic bulletin board has been established where bidders
can obtain documents for tenders related to the SOEP and Nova
Scotia businesses are encouraged to subscribe to the service.  
"This is an efficient means by which to obtain information
regarding tender notices and documents," said Mrs. Norrie. "I am
concerned that if Nova Scotia businesses don't subscribe, there
is the potential for lost opportunity."

So far, 50 firms in Nova Scotia have subscribed. "The highest
number of employment opportunities will come from contractors
engaged in the process. If those contractors don't know what's
available, and therefore don't bid on contracts, everyone will
loose," said the minister. 

"Essentially a subscription would list the company's products and
services and that company would automatically receive relevant
tender notices and you don't have to own a computer to subscribe,
in that the company will also fax relevant information to the

The SOEP opportunities include, engineering, production and
maintenance of offshore wells; engineering, fabrication,
installation, operation and maintenance of offshore platforms;
construction of the main subsea pipeline, the lines connecting
the wells, the liquids line and the main transmission line which
will transport the natural gas to end markets.

Information regarding the electronic service can be obtained by
contacting the SOEP office in Halifax at 902-496-0950.


Contact: Dianne Coish  902-424-4426

jlw                    Jan. 7, 1997 - 5 p.m.