Development

Unique time-lapse video
 of lake crossing work

This time-lapse video offers a unique look at the construction undertaken in order for natural gas to cross a body of water. The Islay Lake crossing was part of the company’s Hamilton-Milton project, a project which bolstered natural gas infrastructure in the region. Notice that when the work is complete the area looks just as pristine as it did at the beginning of the video.

A conversation about crucial $1.5 billion development projects

The Union Gas Dawn-Parkway natural gas transmission and compressor system (called the Dawn-Parkway System), moves natural gas through Ontario from our Dawn Hub near Sarnia, Ont., all the way east to our Parkway facility near Mississauga. At Parkway, the system connects with other pipelines that serve residents in the Toronto area, Quebec, eastern Canada and the U.S. northeast.

Union Gas worker welding steel

Union Gas undertook an expansion of our Dawn-Parkway system from 2015-2017 that included several large construction projects (pipelines and compressors) with a total value of approximately $1.5 billion.

Compressor stations strategically located along the transmission pipelines are essential for the reliable movement of natural gas through the pipeline system. They maintain the pressure and speed of the natural gas by giving it a much-needed “boost.”

Carrie Cook, manager, Operations Support and Administration, sat down to talk with Paul Rietdyk, vice president, Engineering, Construction and Storage & Transmission Operations, about the Parkway projects and their impact on natural gas distribution in Ontario.

Important natural gas development made at Dawn Hub in 1942

On Oct. 28, 1942, Union Gas successfully injected natural gas into depleted wells at the Dawn Hub near Sarnia, Ont., marking the birth of Canada’s first commercially successful underground storage facility.

It was a development that ensured a reliable energy source for the people of Ontario.

Much of the credit goes to Dr. Charles Evans for the development of Dawn. Union Gas marked the 75th anniversary in 2017 with stories and videos.

Following is an excerpt from the story on the Union Gas site:

“When Dr. Charles Evans joined Union Gas in 1937 as its first full-time geologist, natural gas was in short supply in Ontario, while cold winters and the looming war were driving demand for affordable energy. 

“In the years that followed, Evans recognized a looming crisis was taking shape. Ontario homeowners continued to experience shortages during cold winter months, spurring the provincial government of the time to bring in conservation legislation to preserve Ontario’s supply, which had peaked and was in decline. 

“Armed with industry knowledge and geological expertise, Evans proposed a game-changing innovation – using depleted production wells near Dawn Township in southwestern Ontario to store natural gas. On Oct. 28, 1942, Evans’ proposal became a reality when Union Gas injected natural gas in depleted wells at Dawn, marking the birth of Canada’s first commercially successful underground storage facility.

“In his 25 years with Union Gas, “Doc” Evans became known and respected as one of Eastern Canada’s leading geologists. As well as proposing storage, Evans discovered numerous southwestern Ontario gas fields over his career with Union Gas. His impact on the industry was so great that some consider Evans to have ushered in a new era of oil and gas exploration and development in southwestern Ontario, which had until then been considered “drilled out” and the industry was seen as having a negligible future.”

To read more, view the full story of Charles Evans on the Union Gas website.

The story of Dawn and Charles Evans