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Natural Gas Pipeline Project Nears in Grey County

Grey County | by Matt Hermiz  

Enbridge to submit Ontario Energy Board application for Owen Sound reinforcement project this year, commence construction in 2020.

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Enbridge Gas is preparing to move ahead with the construction of a $60-million natural gas pipeline in Grey County.

Senior Advisor for Municipal Affairs at Enbridge Brian Lennie was at Chatsworth's council meeting Wednesday to provide an update on the Owen Sound Reinforcement project.

Lennie says it will see a new 36 kilometre pipeline installed that runs from Durham to Chatsworth to reinforce the existing Owen Sound natural gas transmission system.

"There is an increased demand along the line and we're just meeting that," Lennie explains.

The pipeline will run primarily along Concession Road 2 in West Grey and Concession Road 4 in Chatsworth.

Construction is expected to commence on a custody transfer station on Grey Road 25 this summer.

Lennie notes Enbridge will make an Ontario Energy Board application before the end of this year. If approved, pipeline construction will begin in 2020.

He says hundreds of temporary jobs will be created in the area once work begins.

"We hire local as much as possible and source local as much as possible," Lennie explains.

Once the pipeline is complete, Lennie estimates Chatsworth will see its property tax revenue from Enbridge rise to over $87,000 annually, while West Grey's will increase to nearly $95,000.

There will be no individual connections to the new pipeline as it is a transmission line, Lennie adds.

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