TransCanada Pipeline officials hosted on open house in Morrisburg to discuss their Energy East project.
Energy East is a $12 billion, 4,400 km pipeline project that will carry 1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan refineries to refineries in Eastern Canada (Quebec City and St. John, Nova Scotia).
Of the 4,400 project, 70 per cent involves the conversion of an existing natural gas pipeline into an oil pipeline, and a portion involves building new pipeline.
The new build portion of the project starts in South Dundas, at the existing Iroquois compressor station.
Just over 100 km of new pipeline will cross the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and within SDG two new pumping stations will be built. One at Iroquois, in the vicinity of the existing compressor station, and another near Alexandria.
Nationally, the Energy East project will include the construction of 68 new pumping stations.
The pumping stations are an integral part of the project.
Part of the conversion of the existing natural gas pipeline involves the construction additional pumping stations because it takes more pumping stations to pump oil than natural gas.
More valves are also part of the conversion. For public and environmental protection, valves will be located every 30 km.
TransCanada Pipeline officials explained that the system is monitored such that in the case of a problem sections of the pipeline can be shut down within minutes.
Pipeline inspections, testing and integrity digs are already underway for this project. It is schedule for completion in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Energy East will transport a variety of crude types including conventional crude oil, diluted bitumen and synthetic crude.