2018 Greater Sudbury Lateral Replacement
Union Gas has received Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approval and we are currently replacing portions of the Greater Sudbury Lateral Pipeline System to ensure the continued reliable delivery of natural gas and serve an increased demand in Greater Sudbury and surrounding area.
The project involves removing an existing 10-inch diameter pipeline and replacing it with approximately 19 kilometres of new 12-inch pipeline.
The project is occurring in two sections: the first between the existing Union Gas Coniston and Frood Road Stations, and the second between the Union Gas Azilda and Walden Stations. (Please click on the map image to the right to see the project route).
OEB review and approval was required before this project could proceed. Union Gas submitted a Leave-to-Construction application to the OEB on May 5, 2017. On Sept. 28, 2017, the OEB approved the project, and work began in April 2018.
A key part of the planning process involved consultation with local landowners, Indigenous communities, government agencies, project neighbours, and other stakeholders that could be impacted by the project. Union Gas is engaging interested parties through project notices and letters, individual meetings/phone calls (where requested), regular website updates, and through pre-construction information sessions.
August 21, 2018
View our third project community update with a look at how we construct pipelines.
June 22, 2018
View our second project community update.
April 2, 2018
Construction is now underway. Make sure to check back here throughout construction for the latest updates.
March 16, 2018
View our first project community update for information about our upcoming construction.
Jan. 30, 2018
If you have any questions about the project or any of the upcoming work associated with it, please contact the project's community liaison:
Tel: 519-436-2460 x5233123
Si vous avez des questions concernant le projet ou l'un des travaux à venir, veuillez contacter la liaison communautaire du projet:
Tél. : 519-436-2460 poste 5233123
Tél. cell. : 226-229-2692
Sept. 29, 2017
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has approved the project. You can view the OEB decision here. Pre-construction project planning continues, with construction expected to begin in mid-2018.
May 9, 2017
Please view our presentation to Greater Sudbury City Council, from the 7:00 minute to 25:30 minute mark.
March 1, 2017
We were pleased to speak with those who attended our Public Information Session on March 1, 2017, at the Italian Club of Copper Cliff. For those who could not attend, please see the Public Information Session information that was provided. We also have a French version available.
Dec. 1, 2016
We were pleased to speak with those who attended our Public Information Session on Dec. 1, 2016, to discuss our Environmental Study process. For those who could not attend, please see the Public Information Session information that was provided, including detailed project maps. We also have a French version available.
Environment a priority
Union Gas is committed to minimizing the effects of our projects and operations on the environment.
AECOM was retained by Union Gas to prepare an Environmental Report to assess any potential environmental and socio-economic effects that may result from the project and outline plans for avoiding and/or mitigating any effects, where possible. Examples of potential environmental considerations that will be assessed in the report include, but are not limited to:
- Existing land uses, local residents and businesses
- Designated natural areas, woodlots, wetlands and other vegetation (e.g. hedgerows)
- Wildlife and wildlife habitats
- Watercourses and waterbodies, aquatic species and habitats
- Species at Risk
- Groundwater resources
- Soils, bedrock geology and extractive resources (aggregates)
- Archaeological resources and built heritage
The Environmental Report was prepared in accordance with the OEB's Environmental Guidelines for the Location, Construction and Operation of Hydrocarbon Pipelines and Facilities in Ontario (2016). The report accompanied the Leave-to-Construction application that was submitted to the OEB. Please view the main Environmental Report here, and check out the appendix as well. (Note: The appendix file contains numerous high-resolution graphics and may take several minutes to load.)
The local community will benefit from the incremental taxes that Union Gas will pay annually. As the project progresses, experienced pipeline contractors will use local resources to build the pipeline and, where possible, procure materials from the local community.