ROAD (Remote Ontario Access and Distribution) Energy is a project that addresses the urgent need for more cost-effective and environmentally friendly energy in rural and northern Ontario by supplying homes and business with affordable and clean natural gas.
To date, Schreiber, Terrace Bay, Marathon, Manitouwadge, and Wawa have signed gas franchise agreements to extend gas service to approximately 11,000 Ontario residents and businesses.
Historically, it has been too expensive to expand gas distribution to rural and northern communities. As a result, residents and businesses are limited to propane, fuel oil, wood and electricity for heating, all of which are expensive and can be unreliable. With LNG, the cost of heating homes and fueling businesses can be reduced dramatically.
LNG is natural gas cooled to -162°C, converting it into liquid for easy and safe transportation to communities by truck. It has a very high energy density, so it can be trucked long distances and still be economical to use as fuel.
Safety is our top priority. Natural gas liquefaction and distribution facilities are designed, built and operated to strict engineering and environmental standards to protect public safety and preserve the environment.
A regional production facility will liquefy pipeline gas and trucks will transport the LNG to individual service areas.
Northeast Midstream is currently assessing the feasibility of the ROAD Energy project, with the support of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and the host municipalities.
As the project moves forward, we’ll engage stakeholders, landowners, residents, indigenous communities and other interested parties to learn what is important when planning new facilities.