Today construction work has officially begun on two new natural gas transmission pipelines in Chatham-Kent after they were granted approval from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). That was announced by Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy.
“By expanding access to natural gas, our government is helping make life more affordable for businesses and families in Chatham-Kent,” said Associate Minister Walker. “Expanding natural gas access will help make Chatham-Kent more attractive for job creation and new business growth and sends the clear message that Ontario is open for business.”
The Chatham-Kent project, developed by Enbridge Gas, will benefit from up to $8 million in eligible funding to expand natural gas access primarily to meet the demands of the growing local greenhouse sector. The municipality estimates the additional natural gas capacity could create up to 1,400 new jobs in the greenhouse industry alone. The average household in Chatham-Kent could also save up to $2,200 per year in energy costs as they switch from costlier fuel sources.
The pipelines are expected to be in service as early as the end of 2019.
Investment by businesses
“This will lead to cheaper home heating costs for families and more investment by businesses,” said Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton. “That’s a double win for the region. I’m proud of our government for initiating this project.”
“The construction of this new natural gas line in Chatham-Kent is vital because it allows for the immediate development and expansion of businesses in our community. The work we are doing today ensures future generations of Chatham-Kent residents will have access to important job-making infrastructure,” said Darrin Canniff, Mayor of Chatham-Kent. “I commend everyone involved including the province, Enbridge, and our Chatham-Kent Economic Development team for working together to form a strong partnership that once again proves that our municipality is here for business.”
“This project will invest in much needed natural gas infrastructure to unlock over $260 million of development potential in Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas,” said Cynthia Hansen, President of Enbridge Gas. “We are committed to having this project in service by the end of 2019, so this community can benefit from the added capacity and related benefits this expansion will generate. We’re looking forward to serving the needs of these new and growing commercial and industrial customers in the Chatham-Kent area.”
Expanding access to natural gas to more rural, northern, and First Nation communities is a top priority for the Government of Ontario. The new Natural Gas Expansion Support Program is helping expand access to natural gas to new communities across Ontario, connecting thousands of households and businesses to the clean and affordable fuel that they deserve.