Next steps

A Multi-Stage Process

The Project is currently in the planning and design stage. Gazoduq will have to go through rigorous regulatory review before construction can begin. Operations are scheduled to start in 2024 to coincide with the projected start date of the Énergie Saguenay facility.

Our approach is collaborative with both Indigenous communities and stakeholders throughout the entire regulatory review process in order to listen to their suggestions and concerns and gather valuable local insight.
 

  • Information and Consultation with Local Communities and Indigenous Groups
    • Information and consultation sessions as well as meetings has been held, and will be held, first with the communities located in the study corridor, and then in the Preferred Planning Area (PPA). 
      Many meetings are also held with different key stakeholders.
  • Regulatory Review Processes
    • 2018 à 2021
      • ​​​​​​Gazoduq will participate in several federal and provincial regulatory processes.
      • At the federal level, the Project will be evaluated by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the National Energy Board (NEB).
      • At the provincial level, the Project will go through a multi-jurisdictional environmental assessment and regulatory review process from the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment, and Fight Against Climate Change (MELCC), leading to an evaluation by the Office of Public Hearings on the Environment. The project will also follow the regulatory process of the Preservation of Agricultural Land and Agricultural Activities Regulation (CPTAQ) and will request the required permits from the competent Ontario authorities.
         
  • Construction
    • 2022 to 2024
      • Construction activities include right-of-way preparation, pipe and control system installation, pressure testing, and clean-up and site rehabilitation. Related facilities such as compressor stations will also be installed.
      • Startup is scheduled in late 2024
  • Operation 
    • Operations start when the natural gas transmission line is put into service in late 2024.
    • In addition to the control centre functions, operational activities include routine maintenance, preventative programs and implementation of management system programs, including emergency management, integrity maintenance, safety and security, and environmental protection.
    • Project-related engagement and consultation programs will also transition to ongoing communications and public awareness programs.