Over the next few years, Gazoduc TQM (TQM) will build, upgrade and add equipment to its network, in order to increase the reliability and flexibility of the TQM network.
The Projet Rive-Nord project has three interrelated components:
- Construction of a new compression station in Blainville, to be connected to the existing TQM gas pipeline.
- Addition of a compressor unit to an existing station in Les Cèdres, operated by TransCanada Pipelines Limited (TCPL), a subsidiary of TC Energy.
- Increase of electrical power at an existing TQM station in East Hereford.
TQM presented its Projet Rive-Nord application to the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) on October 30, 2019. For details of the agency’s regulatory process, go to this section of the CER website.
Compressor Station in Blainville
A new compressor station will be built in Blainville to maintain the desired flow and pressure within the existing gas pipeline.
The project involves the construction of two buildings, each of which will house a new compressor unit, one with a 19.4 MW electric motor and the second with a 17.5 MW gas turbine. Ancillary buildings will also be added.
Along with those buildings, exterior gas lines will be installed to connect the new compressor station with TQM’s existing primary pipeline.
This location was chosen based on several criteria, primarily with a view to mitigate impacts on physical, human, biological, water and wetland environments as well as to access the site. Furthermore, TQM is working with the City of Blainville to ensure that the facilities are visually cohesive with urban planning guidelines.
This component of the Projet Rive-Nord is presently under construction to meet contracted natural gas demand and ensure the continued delivery of energy to those who need it every day.
At TQM, our top priority is the health and safety of our people, their families and the communities where we live and work. We continue to follow the guidelines set by Public Health, including the new restrictions introduced on January 6, 2021. We will continue to ensure that our workplaces are strictly enforced with rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols and have been shown to be effective.
Addition of a compressor unit in Les Cèdres
For details about the addition of a compressor unit at the Les Cèdres location and to view the project timetable, see the Station 148 page on the TC Energy website.
Electrical power increase in East Hereford
The available electrical power at the existing A1 unit in East Hereford will be increased to 7 MW while maintaining the current maximum operating pressure; an intermediate gas cooler will be installed. Construction work for the electrical power upgrade will not require the use of any new land and will entirely proceed within the fenced area of the existing facility.
What is a compressor station?
As natural gas flows through a pipeline, its motion is slowed down by friction with the latter, resulting in a loss of pressure throughout the entire line. To keep natural gas continuously flowing at a desired rate, it is subjected to pressure at specific points along the pipeline. The gas is mechanically compressed at sites, called compressor stations, that are connected to the pipeline. The location and number of compressor stations required for a natural gas pipeline network depend on several factors, including the operating pressure of the pipeline, the diameter of the pipe used, changes in elevation along the route and the desired volume of gas to be transported.
A rigorous regulatory process
Gazoduc TQM strives to comply with all regulations relating to its projects and operations. In this regard, the Projet Rive-Nord is subject to the assessment processes of the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) and the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change.
- Approval by the Canada Energy Regulator: July 10, 2020.
- Approval by the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change: September 2, 2020.
TQM Reinforcement and Asset Purchase
Over the next few years, upgrades and additions to facilities within the network will be necessary to ensure the security of natural gas supply in the Montérégie and Estrie regions.
For TQM, the project has three components:
- Sabrevois Asset Purchase: TQM Pipeline will acquire the Sabrevois delivery station, the approximately 64 km pipeline between Sabrevois and Shefford, and seven laterals (totaling approximately 11 km).
- Compressor station in Bromont: Construction of a new compressor station.
- New interconnection at Saint-Basile-le-Grand: Construction of a new interconnection that will connect TQM to a proposed Énergir delivery station.
TQM has submitted its application for the Reinforcement Project to the National Energy Board (NEB), predecessor to the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). For more information on the CER's regulatory process, please read this section of the CER's website.
To view the application for TQM Reinforcement and Asset Purchase, visit the Canada Energy Regulator's website.
A French version of the application can be found here. To view the French version of the Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment for the project, please click here.
The Notice of Hearing for TQM Reinforcement and Asset Purchase has been issued by the CER to TQM and is available here.The Application to Participate form will be available here starting February 6, 2020 and will close March 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm MDT. The CER will review each application and will inform everyone who applied whether or not they will have the opportunity to participate in the hearing and in what role.
Application - hard copy format
Hard copies of the Application are available at the following locations in both French and English:
1218, Route 133
(Québec) J0J 2G0
|Monday to Thursday:|
9am to 4pm
Friday: 9am to 12pm
88, Boulevard de Bromont
Bromont (QC) J2L 1A1
|Monday to Friday:|
8:15am to 12pm
and 1pm to 4pm
204, rue Principale
Saint-Basile-le-Grand (QC) J3N 1M1
|Monday to Thursday|
8am to 11:45am and
12:45pm to 4:15pm
Friday 8:30am to 12pm
In addition, Énergir and TransCanada PipeLines Limited (TCPL) plan to construct the following as part of the TQM Reinforcement Project.
- A new delivery station at Saint-Basile-le-Grand to be operated by Énergir.
- Unit addition at the existing Station 802 compressor station at Saint-Philippe, operated by TCPL.
To view the application for TCPL's unit addition at the existing Station 802 , visit the Canada Energy Regulator's website. The French version of the application is available at the TC Energy website.
Upgrade work in East Hereford