In summer 2019, construction will include 60 km of eight-inch steel pipeline from Dornoch to the Bruce Energy Center. Construction will be along municipal road right of ways. We expect to employ 150 workers at peak summer construction (around September). Work will be completed in stages along the route.
Key steps include:
- Establishing temporary workspaces along the route
- Bringing material (including pipe) and equipment on site to prepare for construction
- Tree and vegetation clearing as required along the pipeline route within municipal road right of ways
- Establishing Traffic Control measures along municipal roads in the pipeline route
- Trenching, welding and installation of the pipeline
- Testing the pipeline prior to putting it in service
- Site restoration
Construction will occur between spring and fall. Energization of the first phase of the natural gas system is anticipated to occur in December 2019.
Our hours of work will be Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; however, occasional evening or Sunday work may be required.
What to expect during construction
Construction will occur along road allowances and cross the following roads:
- Grey Road 25 (County of Grey)
- Bentinck Sullivan (Chatsworth)
- Bruce Road 19 (County of Bruce)
- Brant-Elderslie (Brockton/Arran-Elderslie)
- Concession 18 (Brockton)
- Bruce Road 1 (County of Bruce)
- Bruce Road 20 (County of Bruce)
- Farrell Dr (Kincardine At the Bruce Energy Center)
We anticipate needing to temporarily close a lane of traffic on the side of the road where crews are working. In some cases, we may need to close portions of the road for a 24-hour period and reroute traffic temporarily. In case of emergency, Aecon is able to provide immediate access to any property or road. Traffic disruptions and accommodations will be clearly marked and we will provide advance notification where possible.
In some areas, we may need to trim or remove trees or other vegetation where we are installing the pipeline to meet safety clearance requirements.
During construction, you can expect typical activity such as vehicles, equipment and crews in the area. Work will create typical noise associated with construction. We will take measures to ensure we comply with local bylaws for noise control. If it's necessary to temporarily exceed acceptable noise levels, we will work with municipalities to obtain the required permits.
Natural gas is inherently odourless. Industry regulation and best practice is to add an odourant, called mercaptan gas, so that any leaks in the system can be quickly detected. Once the first phase is energized (December 2019), we will conduct gas odorant monitoring for three months. During this time, you may notice occasional odours from the pipeline. The odourant is temporary and is not harmful.
Safety is a responsibility we all share.
We will maintain our work areas in a safe and secure manner, and perform our work according to all local bylaws and occupational health and safety and environmental requirements. We will take every precaution to ensure public safety, including fencing or marking construction areas to restrict access.
To help ensure we all stay safe during summer construction, please:
- Slow down around construction.
- Obey all traffic and lane controls, including flag people.
- Stay outside of barriers and fences.
- Keep children and pets a safe distance away from work sites and equipment.
The project team
- EPCOR will operate the natural gas distribution system under the name EPCOR Natural Gas LP.
- Aecon Utilities is the project's design construction partner.
- Stantec Consulting Ltd. supported development of the Environmental Report and all regulatory and permit applications, and is providing environmental monitoring services during construction.
- LandSolutions is a land consulting firm that will support EPCOR in accessing and managing land for the project.