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[Sponsored] Enbridge Gas Construction Update

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Enbridge Gas construction update: what’s new on the construction front this winter?

With a true Canadian winter in full swing, the very first Enbridge customers in Fenelon Falls have had a couple of months to put their new natural gas furnaces to the test and are beginning to see the savings. Work is also wrapping up on Bond St W., and then construction will take a short break until April.

The Enbridge office will remain open for customers to come in and ask questions about the project and to sign up for a natural gas service. The other option is to make an appointment with an Enbridge advisor who can meet you at your home or at the store, the number to call is 1-888-427-8888.

By the end of the month, Enbridge will have installed over 31 km of pipeline (starting at Taylors Road,) as well as close to half a kilometer of pipeline beneath the Fenelon River.

When work resumes, Enbridge will focus on completing the distribution system on both the south and north sides of the river, along with the installation of the service lines to the customers that have completed a gas application. It is anticipated that the entire expansion project will be complete by the end of the year.

New customers and what they’re asking

The first natural gas customers have started receiving their bills and there has been much talk in the community and in social media recently regarding the System Expansion Surcharge (SES). It is being applied to customers connected in system expansion areas, such as Fenelon Falls, Cambray and Cameron SES of $0.23 per cubic meter is applied and listed as a separate charge on the bill.

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Any new community expansion project must go through a review process with the Ontario Energy Board, and it determines whether or not the project can proceed based on projected costs and projected revenues. The Fenelon Falls project was approved because the SES provides the additional revenue required over time to make the project economically possible – without it, natural gas expansion to Fenelon Falls, Cambray and Cameron would not have been possible.

It is estimated that the SES will amount to $550 a year for a typical customer, but will vary based on natural gas use. This means that it will increase and decrease based on your volume, and will be higher during the winter months. Residential customers can also choose the Budget Billing Plan where the estimated annual cost can be spread out over the year and adjusted once a year based on actual use.

As with any project, there will be instances where it will not make sense to convert. For example, conversion costs can exceed expected savings or the seasonal nature of a property would keep natural gas use so low that it won’t generate lower energy bills. However, most new natural gas customers can expect to see savings in the range of $500 to $1400 annually, even with the surcharge.

Pop in to the store or call with your questions to see if, and how, you can lower your energy bills with natural gas.

New Pipeline Installed Beneath Fenelon River Brings Community One Step Closer To Getting Natural Gas

Submitted by Akilah Dressekie, Enbridge Gas Distribution

Fenelon Falls is one big step closer to having natural gas flowing to more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the community.

From November 27th to December 6th, Enbridge crews worked together to install a 338 metre pipeline beneath the Fenelon River using a specially designed Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD). This method is used to build pipelines that cross sensitive areas like roads or waterways, and involves drilling a pathway under the river and essentially pulling the pipeline underneath. It’s also one of the most environmentally safe ways to install a natural gas pipeline as it eliminates the need for equipment to enter the water, leaving little to no impact on area wildlife.

The Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) being unloaded. The HDD was used to bore a hole that the new natural gas pipeline would be inserted through.

The Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) being unloaded. The HDD was used to bore a hole that the new natural gas pipeline would be inserted through.

The success of the HDD was critical to the future of the Fenelon Falls project. A “drill shot” - the process of drilling the hole where the pipe would be pulled through – requires informed planning, as there is sometimes only one chance to ensure a successful first attempt so that the pipe is installed in the least intrusive manner.

“This is a significant milestone for the Fenelon Falls project. The success of this pipe installation means that there’s virtually nothing stopping us from getting natural gas to the rest of this community,” explained Jeff Mantej, Construction and Project Manager of Critical Infrastructure at Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Work leading up to this event started in 2017 when crews bored holes through the layers of rock deep found beneath the earth’s surface where the pipe needed to be installed, allowing them to examine the rock and assess its strength. All of this information would help Enbridge to design the HDD needed for this project, ensuring that the drilling could be done in one single attempt. As the drill’s equipment bored through the rocky surface beneath the river, it carefully pulled the pipe through.

Crews prepare the powerful HDD to bore holes through layers of rock. The new natural gas pipeline was installed beneath the Fenelon River. 

Crews prepare the powerful HDD to bore holes through layers of rock. The new natural gas pipeline was installed beneath the Fenelon River. 

“Very few people in our company get to see something like this, so it’s very exciting for us,” explained Mantej.

The community’s excitement about the project’s progress was clear to Mantej when, despite the loud noise coming from the drill and other construction equipment, crowds would come out each day to watch the crew at work.

“The community has been so supportive. I’ve never worked on a project where people were so happy. Natural gas coming to Fenelon Falls will be a big life-changer to the community.”

Enbridge anticipates that the entire project will be complete by the end of winter 2019. Residents are also reminded that the offer to connect your natural gas service at no additional cost ends June 28th .

Sign up now to qualify by visiting www.enbridgegas.com/connect, or by calling 1-888-427-8888. Other costs, including furnace conversion fees, are not included.

On behalf of Enbridge Gas, we thank the residents of Fenelon Falls for their support during this project, and wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

Fenelon Falls Bikeshare Launch

There will be an official launch of bikeshare on Friday, September 14 at 2pm with a ceremonial bike ride around downtown Fenelon Falls beginning at the TSW waterway. Bikers are invited to participate!

Kawartha Works Community Co-operative (KWCC) is pleased to announce that a 10 bike rental station has been built in Fenelon Falls. “We now have bikes available in Fenelon Falls as well as Bobcaygeon for tourists and residents to get around and explore the towns and trails” says Jim
Armstrong, Chair of KWCC.

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Funding from Ontario regional tourism (RTO8) and a sponsorship agreement with Enbridge Gas have made the bike rental in Fenelon Falls possible.

Other partners in the Fenelon Falls project include:

  • Trent-Severn Waterway providing the site for the bikes by the locks
  • City of Kawartha Lakes assisting in planning of the initiative
  • Spokes for Folks servicing the bikes

Kawartha Works Community Co-operative was established in 2015 to enable the development of community improvements by sharing costs and resources on a not for profit basis. In addition to the bikeshare service, KWCC includes the following initiatives:

  • Fenelon Forward—community consultation and advocacy for improvements in Fenelon Falls
  • Fenelon Housing Partners—development of supportive and affordable housing
  • Fenelon Live!—presenting live artistic performances, promote music appreciation; last month initiated Simcoe Day celebration in Fenelon Falls
  • Friends of Lock 34—working with Trent-Severn Waterway for improvements around the lock in Fenelon Falls
  • Impact 32—community-based initiatives to drive year-round economic development in Bobcaygeon
  • Snowshoe Kawartha—annual snowshoe race and winter festival

For additional information: Jim Armstrong, jimarmstrong@xplornet.com, 705-887-9755