Construction is taking place over three phases.
From July to December of 2019, EPCOR, along with its construction partner, AECON, and its environmental consultant, Stantec, began Phase 1 and installed 57 km of pipeline that will be the backbone of the system.
Phase 2 is now underway with construction taking place this year in Kincardine, a section of Huron Kinloss, Inverhuron and Tiverton.
This year, our crews will be:
- Completing the pipeline, from Dornoch to the Bruce Energy Centre, that will transport gas to each of the communities.
- Hydrotesting that uses water, as part of quality control measures, to test the pressure of the pipeline before introducing natural gas to the network.
- Connecting pressure regulating stations and valves that help control the flow and pressure along the system.
- Commissioning the pipeline to safely add natural gas into the system before connecting to our customers.
- Installing the distribution networks to directly serve homes, farms, businesses and organizations in the communities that will receive natural gas this year.
- Restoring landscaping that was disturbed as part of the construction process.
Phase 3 will begin in 2021 as we build the distribution system to bring natural gas to Chesley, Paisley, Lurgan Beach, Point Clark, Ripley and Lucknow.
Construction will take place in Kincardine and a section of Huron Kinloss (between Saratoga Road and Concession Road 10, west of Lake Range Drive) in May, then move to Inverhuron in July and Tiverton in September.
Our hours of work will be Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Occasional evening or Saturday work may be required.
What to expect during construction
You may experience traffic delays in Kincardine, parts of Huron Kinloss, Inverhuron and Tiverton during this construction season as we anticipate temporarily closing 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. As a safety precaution, a scent called methyl mercaptan is added to natural gas. This odour smells like rotten eggs or Sulphur so that natural gas can be quickly detected.
Once the first phase of our project is energized (expected summer 2020), we will conduct odour monitoring for a three-week period. During this time, you may notice occasional odours from the pipeline. The odour is temporary and not harmful.
Safety is a responsibility we all share.
COVID-19 measuresThe health and safety of our customers and staff is our top priority. Due to the heightened attention related to COVID-19, we need the public to maintain a distance of two metres at all times.
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.