Construction of a new pipeline that will serve residents of Windsor and Essex counties has been completed, Enbridge Gas announced on Tuesday.
The replacement project was carried out to help service parts of the communities in Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Chatham-Kent, Essex, Leamington, Kingsville and Windsor with natural gas.
“Safety is always a priority for us and the completion of this project helps us continue to serve our customers in the safest way possible,” said Brian Chauvin, operations manager for the Southwest Enbridge region.
“With what promises to be a cold winter season, it is as important as ever that we work to ensure that our infrastructure and assets are resilient and reliable for when our customers and their communities need them most.”
The 40-mile-long, six-inch diameter pipeline begins near Enbridge Gas’ Sandwich compressor station in Tecumseh, follows County Road 46 and Lakeshore Road 309 in Lakeshore. It then continues on the Goodreau Line to the current Enbridge Gas Port Alma Gate Station in Chatham-Kent Township.
The pipeline replacement, which was completed on schedule, was also carried out to support residential and commercial growth throughout its 40-mile corridor, the company said.
“We would like to thank the residents and businesses of the City of Tecumseh, Lakeshore Township and Chatham-Kent Township for their patience as this project was completed,” said Chauvin. “Additionally, we wish to thank the local indigenous communities, landowners, and government agencies for their support.”
The project required approvals from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). Construction began in May 2020 and final clean-up activities will take place in early 2022.
“This is good news for Southwestern Ontario families and businesses that will benefit from new and improved pipeline infrastructure, helping to ensure reliable and safe access to natural gas service,” said the Energy Minister of Ontario, Todd Smith.