Panhandle Reinforcement

Working on a pipeline

Project Phase: Regulatory Approval

Key Facts

  • Project approved by OEB in Feb. 2017
  • Improve access to plentiful, affordable gas
  • Safety a top priority
  • Community engagement valued

Union Gas has received Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approval to increase the capacity of our Panhandle natural gas transmission system which serves residential and business customers in Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas, including the burgeoning greenhouse market in the Leamington/Kingsville area.

This project, approved by the OEB on Feb. 23, 2017, will begin construction in May 2017 and be in-service in November 2017. The work will bolster an already robust pipeline system that is bringing affordable and abundant natural gas into Ontario - gas which allows residents to save money on heating bills and helps businesses cut energy costs.

Construction will occur over approximately 41 kilometres on a 36-inch diameter natural gas pipeline between the Union Gas Dawn Hub in the township of Dawn-Euphemia and the Dover Transmission Station on Town Line Road in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Union Gas is committed to minimizing the effects of our projects and operations on the environment.

An Environmental Report, completed in June 2016, was conducted by an independent third party and in consultation with affected First Nations, the Métis Nation of Ontario, landowners, government agencies and others. Please view the Environmental Report here.

Panhandle map link

We value the thoughts and ideas of interested parties. Feedback received from the public, through our information sessions and other a venues, was instrumental in evaluating and ultimately confirming the final preferred route for the pipeline. Public information sessions were held on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4. We thank all of those who came out to review project details and provide feedback.

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.