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As a small scale liquified natural gas (or LNG) facility, the safe, low impact operation of our Thorold location will provide tremendous environmental and economic benefits to the local community and region.

We are looking forward to contributing to the area’s emergence as a North American leader in clean transportation infrastructure, and to becoming a responsible and engaged member of this Niagara Region community.

Who Is
Thorold Midstream?

Thorold Midstream is wholly owned by Northeast Midstream, and is proposing a small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at 1200 Chippawa Creek Road, in Thorold. The company is looking forward to becoming a responsible and engaged member of the community, and contributing positively to the area’s economic and environmental future.

  • The facility has received all local and provincial permits required to start construction.
  • Project team has extensive experience in the design, construction, and operation of gas infrastructure across North America.
  • Once built and operational, the facility will provide LNG as a cleaner, less expensive alternative to diesel.
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What Does
The Facility Do?

The small-scale LNG facility will extract natural gas from an existing on-site pipeline, refrigerate the gas to form an odourless, colourless, non-toxic, non-corrosive liquid at low pressure, and then load the LNG into double-walled cryogenic trailers for delivery to end-users.

  • Small-scale gas liquefaction uses proven, safe technology.
  • Natural gas is taken from the TransCanada pipeline already on the property and cooled to -162˚C, turning the gas into LNG.
  • The facility is not a bulk storage terminal, and only holds small volumes of LNG on the property at any one time.
  • There are more than 50 small-scale LNG facilities in North America, including four in Canada.
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What Are
The Environmental Benefits?

LNG is considered a “green” fuel, and its production is an exceptionally safe, low-impact process that provides tremendous environmental benefits to the local community and surrounding region, according to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

  • LNG from Thorold will reduce 410,000 tonnes per year in GHG emissions on a life cycle basis, equivalent to the annual GHGs from 86,000 passenger vehicles.
  • This small-scale LNG facility meets all environmental regulations, leaving a minimal environmental footprint.
  • The facility will not generate any waste, odour or dust.
  • Noise and air emissions will be reported to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and will fall below regulatory thresholds.

What Are
The Safety Standards
for LNG?

The small-scale LNG facility will extract natural gas from an existing on-site pipeline, refrigerate the gas to form an odourless, colourless, non-toxic, non-corrosive liquid at low pressure, and then load the LNG into double-walled cryogenic trailers for delivery to end-users.

  • Small-scale gas liquefaction uses proven, safe technology.
  • Natural gas is taken from the TransCanada pipeline already on the property and cooled to -162˚C, turning the gas into LNG.
  • The facility is not a bulk storage terminal, and only holds small volumes of LNG on the property at any one time.
  • There are more than 50 small-scale LNG facilities in North America, including four in Canada.


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What Are
Community Benefits?

This small-scale facility will be a major contributor to the area as a North American leader in clean transportation infrastructure.

  • Ten to 15 new full-time, permanent jobs will be established.
  • Fifty new construction jobs will be created.
  • More than 50 new transportation jobs will be created in the area.
  • Millions of dollars in municipal, regional, and provincial taxes will be generated.
  • No new municipal infrastructure is required to support the facility.

What Is
The Traffic Impact?

Truck traffic will not pass near residential areas, cause congestion, or elevate background noise levels.

  • An estimated 10 to 36 trucks a day will visit the facility.
  • Trucks will approach from the QEW in Niagara Falls, to Montrose Road, and along Chippawa Creek Road to the development.
  • Truck traffic routing patterns within the City of Thorold will be restricted to a 1km section of Chippawa Creek Road, avoiding Allanport Road and Port Robinson.
  • Trucks transport LNG over ten million kilometers a year along North American highways. The industry has an admirable safety record.
  • No LNG truck accident has ever resulted in an LNG fire or loss of life in Canada or the United States.
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Why In Thorold?

Thorold has strong industrial infrastructure and is an established gateway to new and growing markets for energy in Ontario and the United States.

  • Site offers accessibility to existing gas networks, industrial power, and major highway routes.
  • No new pipelines or expansion projects are required.
  • No local zoning changes are required, as use is consistent with Thorold’s Official Plan and property’s Heavy Industrial (HI) zoning designation.
  • The proposal is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, and the Regional Policy Plan, and it requires no municipal, regional or provincial policy changes.

Why LNG?

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is an alternative to building new natural gas pipelines to serve communities as well as a cost-effective, low-carbon fuel for commercial transportation.

  • Natural gas is an important part of Canada’s economy, and can help Canada meet our future energy needs and GHG emissions targets.
  • LNG is the liquid form of natural gas, cooled to -162ºC, so it can be easily stored and transported at low pressure.
  • LNG is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel for heavy equipment, producing far fewer emissions and pollutants than diesel.
  • LNG costs about 50 percent less than diesel, allowing local industries to be more competitive and attracting new businesses to the area.
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