Chatham-Kent Rural Pipeline Expansion Project


Project Phase: Regulatory Review

There is a growing demand for natural gas in rural Chatham-Kent, particularly in the fast-growing greenhouse sector. As a result, Union Gas is proposing to expand our existing natural gas system in the area.

The project, known as the Chatham-Kent Rural Pipeline Expansion, is subject to Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approval and has two sections, both within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Preliminary preferred routes have been identified:

  • A new 13-kilometre, 8-inch pipeline taking off from Union Gas' existing Panhandle Natural Gas Transmission System at our Simpson Road Station (west of Tupperville), and proceeding south within the road allowance of Simpson Road to Base Line Road and then east within the road allowance of Base Line Road to the end point in the vicinity of the intersection of County Road 15 and Kent Bridge Road, east of Dresden.
  • A new 500-metre, 12-inch diameter pipe near Dover Centre.

Please view this map for the 13-kilometre section and this map for the 500-metre section.

If this project is approved by the OEB, construction would begin in mid-2019 and be complete by the end of 2019.

Latest updates

June 6, 2018

We have filed our project application with the Ontario Energy Board.

March 9, 2018

Thank you to all who attended our project information session on March 6 in Dresden. View the storyboards from the sessions.

Commitment to environment

Union Gas is committed to minimizing the effects of our projects and operations on the environment. An Environmental Report has been completed by an independent third party - in consultation with affected Indigenous communities, landowners, government agencies and others.

We value the thoughts and ideas of interested parties. Feedback received from the public, through our information sessions and other venues, was instrumental in evaluating and ultimately confirming the final preferred route for the pipeline.

Our company

We've been safely operating in Ontario for more than 100 years, and carry our strong and established safety culture to each and every project. Safety is our top priority, and Union Gas pipelines and facilities are designed to meet stringent safety codes and requirements of the Canadian Standards Association and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.

We are also a big contributor to the economic vitality of the province. Our experienced pipeline contractors, for example, will use many local resources to build the pipeline and where possible will procure materials from the local community.