Enbridge Gas unveils multi-million dollar Lambton investments

Enbridge Gas Distribution location on Keil Drive in Chatham. (Photo courtesy of Enbridge Gas)

Enbridge Gas has revealed multi-million dollar investment plans for Lambton County.

Local operations manager Darryl Arnold said they’re planning to add an industrial pipeline and prepare for future expansion at the Corunna compressor station.

“The 2021 Sarnia Industrial Pipeline Reinforcement Project will be a significant investment in our existing facilities here in the Sarnia-Lambton area,” said Arnold. “We’re seeing an increase in natural gas demand across these industries, so to meet that demand we’re proposing to construct a new 20 inch, 1.2-kilometre, steel natural gas pipeline in St. Clair Township.”

Arnold said the pipeline would be built to the west of Highway 40, just south of Lasalle Line, as an extension of existing infrastructure — running parallel to two existing pipelines.

An environmental assessment, which will include consultation with First Nations communities, landowners and government agencies, has yet to be completed.

Enbridge hopes to submit an application to the Ontario Energy Board later this summer and start construction around June of next year.

Lambton County Council endorsed the plans at its meeting July 3.

Arnold said the next project would see the old, above grade meter piping at the 55-year-old compressor station on Tecumseh Road, removed and replaced with below grade meter piping.

“Work is scheduled to start later this year in October and will be completed in November 2021,” he said. “This project is not required to go to the Ontario Energy Board for approval.”

Enbridge Gas merged with Union Gas in January to become one of the largest natural gas utilities in North America.

“Despite the name change, it’s all the same people, doing the same thing here in Lambton County, which is delivering safe and reliable natural gas to our customers,” Arnold said.

The utility now delivers energy to 12 million customers, through about 3.7 million meter connections across Ontario, servicing about 75 per cent of the homes in the province.