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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.

Who Will
Receive 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.

  • Other municipalities, Indigenous communities and large industrial operations have expressed interest in gas delivery, and we have plans to add more franchise areas in the future.
  • Services will support the use of low-carbon fuels in commercial transportation, Great Lakes shipping and the Ring of Fire.
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What Are
the Expected Benefits?

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.

  • The average residential customer is expected to save $1,000 to $3,000 annually.
  • Large industry can cut operating costs and reduce emissions, improving competitiveness and economic viability.
  • Natural gas can help achieve Ontario’s climate change goals by displacing more carbon-intensive fuels, such as propane and fuel oil.

What Is
LNG?

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.

  • LNG is odourless, colourless, non-toxic and non-corrosive, and is stored at low pressure in insulated containers similar to everyday thermos bottles.
  • One truck trailer of LNG can deliver up to 5 times more energy than a trailer of compressed natural gas (CNG).
  • Today more than 100 gas distribution systems in North America successfully use LNG where natural gas delivery by pipeline is unavailable.
  • Both Quebec and British Columbia are investing in LNG to transport gas to remote areas to lower energy costs and reduce emissions.
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What About
Safety?

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.

  • Natural gas has been used in Ontario for more than 100 years, and stringent safety standards and regulations govern all aspects of the supply/delivery system.
  • LNG and natural gas distribution facilities are constructed using well-established best practices, and are inspected by TSSA to ensure code compliance.
  • Technical experts monitor systems 24/7, helping to ensure safe and effective delivery of natural gas at all times.
  • Trucks currently transport LNG over 10 million miles a year along North American highways, with an admirable safety record.
  • Training will be provided to local first-responders before gas delivery begins.



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How Is
Natural Gas Delivered?

A regional production facility will liquefy pipeline gas and trucks will transport the LNG to individual service areas.

  • LNG will be stored in insulated tanks outside the local community; heated using a vaporizer, returning the liquid to conventional natural gas; and injected into a distribution system.
  • Natural gas will be delivered to local homes and businesses using underground pipes, just like communities with natural gas today all across Canada.
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When Will
Service Begin?

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.

  • Environmental review and stakeholder engagement is expected to begin in Fall 2016.
  • Ontario Energy Board approval is anticipated in 2017.
  • Customer connections are projected to start in 2018.
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What’s Next?

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.

  • We’ll conduct municipal meetings as well as public information sessions in each host community to provide more details on the project.
  • We’ll involve municipal departments and regional agencies to help identify planning issues and address environmental sensitivities.
  • We’ll work with first-responders to develop community safety and emergency preparedness programs.
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