Union Gas has announced it has received approval for a $74 million pipeline replacement project the company says will ensure the continued reliable delivery of natural gas “and serve an increased demand in Greater Sudbury and the surrounding area.”
The project will involve removing an existing 10-inch diameter pipeline and replacing it with approximately 20 kilometres of new 12-inch pipeline.
Construction will begin May, 2018 and the pipeline will be in service by November, 2018.
“Union Gas has been delivering affordable and reliable natural gas to over 400 communities in Ontario for more than a century,” Chris Minor, Union Gas northeast district manager, is quoted as saying in a news release.
“This history has provided us with significant experience in pipeline construction and operation and we have an enviable safety and reliability record in this regard.”
Union Gas’ construction partner, Aecon Utilities, a division of Aecon Group Inc., will work closely with the company on the project.
“Throughout construction, Union Gas and Aecon’s primary goals are public safety and minimizing the impact of construction on the surrounding environment,” the release said.
The pipeline and facilities will be designed, constructed and operated according to applicable safety codes and regulations. Once construction is complete, the company’s pipeline maintenance program will ensure that the pipeline system continues to operate safely and reliably.