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Union Gas

Name:
Union Gas
City:
Sault Ste. Marie
Province:
Ontario
Postal Code:
P6B 5W6
Country:
Canada
Telephone:
(705) 759-6339
General Email:
bbelec@uniongas.com
Member Since:
2013
PRIMARY CONTACT:
Name:
Brent Belec
Position:
Utility Services Manager
Description:

History

Our History and Employees

Celebrate 100 Years Along with Us

Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with over 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves 1.5 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas' growing storage and transmission business offers premium storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America. It offers customers an important link in the movement of natural gas from Western Canadian and U.S. supply basins to markets in central Canada and the northeast U.S. Union Gas is an Enbridge company with assets of $8.2 billion and approximately 2,300 employees.

First Union Gas Office Location, Market Square, Chatham

First Union Gas Office Location Market Square, Chatham

Union Gas was founded as Union Natural Gas Company of Canada Limited on December 19, 1911 through the amalgamation of three southern Ontario local gas distribution companies: Volcanic Oil and Gas Company, United fuel Supply and Ridgetown Fuel Supply. Originally headquartered in Niagara Falls, Union Gas moved its head office to Chatham in 1918 to be closer to the centre of Ontario gas production.

During the 1920s, Union expanded its operations into Sarnia, Wallaceburg and Windsor. From 1930 to 1960, Union continued to expand its operations throughout southwestern Ontario, adding the cities of London, Stratford, Waterloo, Guelph and Brantford.

During this period, a number of strategic facilities expansions took place. In 1942, storage and compression facilities were developed in Dawn Township, south of Sarnia, utilizing depleted underground gas pools. At the same time, pipeline connections to the U.S. Panhandle Eastern Pipeline were built at Windsor for the importation of U.S. gas.

Rosedale Gas Storage Pool

Rosedale Gas Storage Pool, Enniskillen Township, 1970

In 1958 a new, 142-mile long, 26-inch diameter transmission pipeline was constructed from the Dawn Compressor station to Oakville, in order to connect Union's system with the TransCanada Pipeline which brought Western Canadian gas to Ontario that year. In 1959 Union Gas extended its system north to Owen Sound. In 1973 an amalgamation with United Gas Limited of Hamilton extended Union's service into that community.

In April, 1985, a significant milestone in Union Gas's history occurs when the 500-thousandth customer is added.