Panhandle Reinforcement

Working on a pipeline

Project Phase: In-Service

Key Facts

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

We have completed a $264-million expansion of the capacity on our Panhandle natural gas transmission system, a 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. Cleanup work will continue into 2018.

As construction winds down on our Panhandle Reinforcement Project, employees, our primary contractor, Banister Pipelines, and our subcontractors would like to extend a sincere thank you to the residents of Chatham-Kent, St. Clair Township, and Dawn-Euphemia for your patience and understanding during this past year of major construction.

Union Gas and its employees have been proud members of the project-area communities for over 100 years and we look forward to continuing to live and work here for many years to come!

This project was approved by the OEB on Feb. 23, 2017. Construction began May 23, and in November 2017 it went in-service. This project bolstered 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 occurred 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.

Latest Updates

Dec. 4, 2017

View our final newsletter here.

Aug. 24, 2017

Our August newsletter is available here, with updates on road closures and construction.

June 5, 2017

Please view our June 2017 Panhandle Reinforcement Newsletter for information on road closures.

April 17, 2017

Check out our April 2017 Panhandle Reinforcement Newsletter.

Commitment to environment

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

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An Environmental Report, completed in June 2016, was conducted by an independent third party and in consultation with affected Indigenous communities, landowners, government agencies and others. Please view the Environmental Report here.

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 pipelines and where possible will procure materials from the local community.