Extension of the gas network between Bellechasse and Montmagny

In recent years, the RCMs of Montmagny and Bellechasse as well as the local business community have mobilized to have the natural gas network extended to supply businesses and industries in the sector. In response to this action, and to support the regions’ economic development, the government provided $47.6M in financial assistance for the extension of the gas network from Saint-Henri-de-Lévis to Montmagny. The project consists of an 80 km extension of the natural gas distribution network.
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Latest news

COVID-19

With the Québec government announcing a resumption of construction sites from May 11, our teams have been deployed in various areas of the region since mid-May.

As the health and safety of our workers and the public remains our priority, the workforce in the field will comply with public health and CNESST prevention recommendations and measures.

To follow the work in progress, consult the overall timeline and access information about the various obstructions by sector, click here (available in French).

Please note that the ever-changing exceptional situation we are experiencing with the pandemic could have an impact on our timeline. We are continuing to monitor the matter closely and will adapt the project in accordance with the authorities’ requests. Rest assured that we will keep you informed of any changes.
Link with the community

Since we were unable to hold the public information sessions scheduled for March 16 and 17 in Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse and Montmagny due to the pandemic, a presentation of the project was initially made to businesses and agricultural producers in the region. It is available to all citizens. Click here to watch it.

We invite you to consult this web page, which is updated frequently, and to contact us for any questions or comments .

The project at a glance

The arrival of natural gas in the region will result in an annual reduction of more than 2,000 tonnes of GHGs, in addition to significantly reducing emissions of air pollutants. Consumers could ultimately save $2 million in annual energy costs.

This gas network extension project will provide the Chaudière-Appalaches region with the infrastructure and potential to participate in Québec’s energy transition with the production and consumption of local and renewable natural gas.

The work will be carried out by the contractor Pomerleau.

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Project route

The natural gas pipeline will be buried mainly in municipal road or Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) rights of way. The municipalities served will be Saint-Henri-de-Lévis, Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse, Saint-Raphael, Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud and Montmagny.

For details about the route, click the following links to view maps of the eight areas that will be crossed: Saint-Henri-de-Lévis, Saint-Charles de Bellechasse, La Durantaye, Saint-Raphaël, Saint-Vallier, Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Saint-Pierre-de-la-Riviève-du-Sud and Montmagny.
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Global project schedule

Please note that the exceptional situation we are experiencing with the pandemic could have an impact on our timeline. We are closely monitoring the matter and will adapt the project in accordance with the authorities’ requests. To follow the work in progress and consult the overall timeline by sector, click here (in French).
Approval of project by Régie de l’énergie
January 2020
Construction
May 2020 — December 2020
Commissioning
December 2020
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Infrastructure required

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  • 4 Pressure regulator stations

    They will be used to regulate pressure on the network and will be installed at the entrance to the various neighbourhoods, near the following intersections:

    • Avenue Royale and Rue Asselin in Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse;
    • Route 281 and Rang du Bras in Saint-Raphael;
    • Chemin Saint-François East and Montée de Morigeau in Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud;
    • Chemin des Poirier and Chemin du Coteau in Montmagny.
  • 4 Valve stations

    They will be used to isolate the network if needed and will be located near the following intersections:

    • Route Campagna and Chemin Trait-Carré in Saint-Henri;
    • Route 279 and Rang du Sud-Est in Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse;
    • 5e Rang, near Highway 281 in La Durantaye;
    • Chemin Saint-François West in Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud.
  • Supply network

    • Materials: steel 
    • Diameter: 4 in. and 8 in.
    • Installation: mainly on public rights of way
    • Length: 55 km
  • Distribution system

    • Materials: plastic (polyethylene)
    • Diameter: 4 in. and 8 in.
    • Installation: mainly on public rights of way
    • Length: 25 km

Generally, work is performed between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, from May to December 2020, with the exception of statutory holidays. As always, Énergir intends to make every effort necessary to minimize any inconvenience this work might cause.

Please note that the exceptional situation we are experiencing with the pandemic could have an impact on our timeline. We are closely monitoring the matter and will adapt the project in accordance with the authorities’ requests. Please rest assured that we will keep you informed of any changes.

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Traffic obstructions are to be expected. For narrower streets, only local traffic will be permitted, and detours will be put in place for other road users. Dedicated staff will direct traffic and ensure the safe travel of road users. In addition, the work will be carried out sequentially to minimize impacts on the entire project route.

Residents affected by the work done on their street will receive a letter to inform them more precisely of the impacts to be expected and the measures implemented to mitigate them. This web page will be available to monitor the progress of the work and to access information on the various obstructions to be expected.
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Public information sessions had been scheduled for March 16 and 17 in Saint Charles-de-Bellechasse and Montmagny.

Because of COVID-19, they had to be cancelled in order to comply with the government’s recommendations regarding the pandemic.

That said, we want to stay in touch with the community before the work begins and to gather questions and comments.

Please note that the latest updates will be published on this Web page and that any member of the public who wishes to contact our team can do so by calling 1-844-483-1313 or emailing us.

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This work is carefully planned, monitored and performed by our engineering and construction teams. Evaluations are also conducted so as to address specific concerns.

The risks of this type of work are no different from those found on any construction site. The “natural gas” factor only comes into play at the very end of the work, when the new pipeline is put into service. This type of work is performed regularly by our teams, who are trained in the use of safe procedures. In the event of an emergency, we are trained to respond quickly and effectively in collaboration with the emergency services.
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Those wishing to be connected to the network can contact Énergir. Any connection must be analyzed in order to ensure its profitability, both for the customer and for Énergir.
Our development teams have been working in the field in recent months to support potential customers.
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Contact us for any questions or comments

Énergir is committed to maintaining contact with the public and interested stakeholders.

Any member of the public can contact the project stakeholders directly by calling 1 844 483-1313 or by emailing us.

If you own a business or are an agricultural producer in the area, you can fill out the corresponding form below. Our team will schedule a telephone appointment with you to discuss your specific situation.

Formulaire pour les producteurs agricoles (in French only)
Formulaire pour les propriétaires d’entreprises (in French only)
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Natural gas

  • Natural gas is 95% methane (CH4).
  • Methane is produced in nature by living organisms and decomposing organic substances.
  • It is lighter than air and disperses into the atmosphere when released.
  • It is naturally odourless. We add mercaptan, a substance that releases a similar smell to rotten eggs, which makes it possible to detect it at very low concentrations in the air (less than 1%).
  • Natural gas is not toxic or water soluble.

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Advantages of natural gas

By replacing petroleum products, natural gas helps to reduce greenhouse gases by 32%. Natural gas emits significantly fewer atmospheric pollutants and makes it possible to eliminate nearly all sulfur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), pollutants which are, among other things, responsible for acid rain and health problems.
  • 32% reduction in GHG
  • 99% reduction in SO2 emissions
  • 70% reduction in NOx emissions
  • 70% reduction in fine particulates
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