We're proud to be constructing a natural gas distribution system that will connect customers to natural gas in the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie, Municipality of Kindcardine and Township of Huron-Kinloss.
Between now and 2021, we will be working to construct the distribution system and connect customers in Chesley, Paisley, Inverhuron, Tiverton, Kincardine, Lurgan Beach, Point Clark, Ripley, Lucknow and the Bruce Energy Centre.
EPCOR's distribution system will consist of 2 components:
- A larger diameter pipeline that will be the backbone of the system and transport gas to each of the communities, approximately 120 km.
- Smaller diameter medium-density polyethylene (MDPE) distribution piping that will be constructed with each of the communities to directly serve homes and businesses, approximately 178 km.
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) awarded EPCOR the project in April 2018, and approved our Leave to Construct application in July 2019.
The pipeline will commence at Dornoch at an interconnection with Union Gas and will extend westerly from Dornoch to the Bruce Energy Centre, then extending south to serve Inverhuron, Tiverton, Kincardine Lurgan Beach and Point Clark. The pipeline will then extend east to serve Ripley and Lucknow. The map below illustrates the routing of this pipeline. Click on the image to
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The route selection process
When developing route options, our goal is to identify a preferred route with lower levels of overall impact. We consider several factors, including:
- Input from local stakeholders
- Health and safety
- Social impacts
- Existing infrastructure
- Use of existing infrastructure space, such as utility corridors and road right-of-ways
- Length of the pipeline and associated costs
- Routing that follows a reasonably direct path between start and end points
- Construction impacts
Under our current timeline, we expect to begin connecting our first customers by the end of this year. In 2020 and 2021 we will bring more communities onto the natural gas distribution system. We anticipate bringing the full system in-service by the end of 2021. Construction will be completed in phases. At each step, we will notify local stakeholders of construction activities and strive to minimize any potential impacts.
We value the environment and the communities where we work and live. EPCOR works closely with stakeholders to ensure impacts, both to the Southern Bruce community and natural environment, are minimized.
A comprehensive environmental study of the construction and operation of the natural gas pipeline has been completed and submitted to the Ontario Energy Board to meet the intent of the Ontario Energy Board's
Environmental Guidelines for the Location, Construction and Operation of Hydrocarbon Pipelines and facilities in Ontario, 7th Edition (2016).
We have consulted with landowners, residents, Aboriginal communities, government agencies, and others who are interested in the project in order to balance the Project's development with environmental considerations. These considerations include:
First Nations and Métis Interests
Wildlife habitat and Species at Risk
Water resources and waterways
Soils and agricultural lands
Impacts to residents and businesses
Heritage resources and Cultural Heritage Landscapes
Local infrastructure impacts
The pipeline consists of approximately 75 km of steel high pressure pipe and approximately 45 km of medium density polyethylene pipe. Through a combined 178 km of distribution piping, natural gas service will be provided to a maximized number of customer connections including residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial customers in Arran-Elderslie, Kincardine, and Huron-Kinloss.
Contractors and suppliers play a vital role in our ability to do business. In 2019, we employed 170 workers who logged 150,000 work-hours without any workplace injuries. We expect to employ the same number of workers for the 2020 construction season.
Public consultation update
- EPCOR continues to engage landowners, residents, First Nations and Métis communities, as well as other directly-affected and interested stakeholders in the development of this project. We will continue to respond to concerns throughout the life of the project.
- In May 2018, EPCOR held 3 drop-in information sessions for the public to learn about the project.