Natural Gas Line Expansion in Chatham-Kent


More natural gas is coming to Chatham-Kent.

Construction has begun on two new natural gas transmission pipelines in Chatham-Kent after approvals were issued by the Ontario Energy Board.

The expansion will help to attract more jobs and allow businesses, especially the greenhouse sector, to grow.

Chatham-Kent-Leamington Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls says it will also create about 1,400 new jobs.

"A lot of those other jobs could be in some of the construction, but also in the building of greenhouses and then of course the running of greenhouses as well," he says. "Greg Devries of Cedarline is one of the greenhouse growers out there and they are planning big expansion with natural gas coming into their facilities."

Enbridge Gas is investing $8-million in the pipeline additions.

Nicholls says it will also help to lower heating costs.

"It could save the average household up to $2200 a year. These are people who are currently using very expensive different fuels to heat their home," he says.

The pipelines should be in service by the end of 2019.