New gas pipeline now in service in North Kent

first_imgEnbridge Gas’s pipeline expansion in North Kent is now in service.The $19.1-million project included a 13-kilometre eight-inch pipeline from the Panhandle Natural Gas Transmission System west of Tupperville along Simpson Road to Base Line Road and then east almost to Kent Bridge Road outside of Dresden.The second part of the Chatham-Kent Rural Pipeline Expansion was a 500-metre 12-inch diameter pipe near Dover Centre.Work on the pipeline began in July. The province announced an $8-million grant towards the project in April 2018, which was confirmed by the succeeding Progressive Conservative government.The Municipality of Chatham-Kent also contributed $500,000.“This project invested in much-needed natural gas infrastructure to unlock over $260 million of development potential in Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas,” said Steven Jelich, Enbridge Gas southwest region operations director, in a news release.“New and existing commercial and industrial customers can now benefit from the added capacity and related benefits this expansion provides. We look forward to helping current and future business expansions get connected to gas.”When government officials visited the area for a groundbreaking ceremony in September, they touted the project as a way to provide natural gas to 1,300 households in Chatham-Kent and create 1,400 jobs in the greenhouse sector.In the release, Ontario Associate Minister of Energy Bill Walker said the project shows the province and the community is open for business.“Our government knows that improving access to affordable natural gas makes a real difference in people’s bottom lines,” said Walker, who attended the groundbreaking. “I am pleased that this natural gas pipeline is in service so it can bring benefits to Chatham-Kent businesses and families.”Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff said he’s looking forward to seeing businesses expand by having more access to this “important and affordable resource.”“Developers who are eager to build or expand can now connect to natural gas and our farming community can continue to find new ways to help grow for the world,” he said.In September, one greenhouse owner in the area said he was planning to expand because of the project.Greg Devries of Cedarline Greenhouses said at the time he could potentially add 25 to 30 acres of greenhouses to his 16-acre operation with work starting “in the next number of years.”last_img