The estimated capital cost is contingent on finalisation of the scope of the project. The target for construction of the upgrade project is in 2014 and 2015. The project is subject to approval by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB).
President of Enbridge Gas Distribution Guy Jarvis said "We're well positioned to benefit from continued strong population growth in the Greater Toronto area (GTA), making us one of the fastest growing natural gas distribution companies in North America. The proposed upgrade project will enable us to serve current and anticipated growth in our customers' needs, enhance our flexibility to avoid customer impacts due to disruption of physical supply, and provide options to access additional supply sources for our customers."
The proposed GTA Project will consist of two segments of pipeline and related facilities to upgrade the existing distribution system that delivers natural gas to the municipalities of Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, and Markham. The new lines would provide sufficient internal delivery capability within the GTA to allow EGD to meet the needs of its growing base of customers. Enbridge expects to file an application with the OEB in the coming months. OEB approval is required before any construction can take place.
Enbridge has retained Dillon Consulting Ltd to undertake an environmental assessment and route selection study for the two currently proposed 36 inch high pressure segments of natural gas pipeline and associated facilities in the GTA.