Utilities and Infrastructure
Did you know? Businesses that invest in Chatham-Kent enjoy direct access to a range of flexible energy sources. From homegrown electricity providers to a national natural gas headquarters and expansive wastewater treatment facilities, Chatham-Kent’s commitment to utilities and business infrastructure is amongst the best in the nation.
Powering Progress, Fuelling Innovation
Electricity: Flip the Switch on Success
Hydro One – The largest electricity transmission and distribution company in Ontario, Hydro One provides service to most rural properties in the Municipality.
Entegrus – This grassroots organization (the Municipality of Chatham-Kent maintains a 90% ownership stake) provides electricity supply, transmission, and distribution throughout 16 communities in Southwestern Ontario. When it comes to keeping the lights on, more than 40,000 customers and hundreds of local businesses rely on this local provider.
Natural Gas: Turn up the Heat on Abundance
Union Gas – A longtime member of the Chatham-Kent business community, Union Gas recently celebrated a century of operations in the Municipality. The largest private sector employer in Chatham-Kent, Union Gas is regularly recognized as one of the leading natural gas storage, transmission and distribution providers in the nation, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. With their head office located alongside the banks of the Thames River in Chatham-Kent, Union Gas currently services customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario.
The company’s Dawn Storage Hub is the second largest transparent trading hub in North America and an important link in the movement of natural gas from western Canada and U.S. supply basins to markets in central Canada and the northeastern U.S. The Dawn facility has 23 underground facilities with a capacity of 173 PJ of storage. Transmission throughput is 867 PJ, through 4,743 km of pipeline.
Corporate stewardship is at the heart of the Union Gas philosophy. Employees are empowered and encouraged to be active members of their community, donating “sweat equity” through tree planting initiates, the installation of safety coat hooks in classrooms, refurbishing office areas and more. Employees use their leadership skills to guide local organizations through board membership, participation in the Chamber of Commerce and through advisory panel roles. Union Gas employees are also active participants in local service clubs, youth groups, youth and adult sports leagues, and have long provide on-going support to local food banks, leadership development and Junior Achievement programs.
Water & Wastewater Treatment: Fluid Functionality
The Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission (CK PUC) services more than 110,000 residents through their water and wastewater treatment facilities. Competitively-price, thanks to a platform pricing model, the Chatham-Kent PUC boasts roughly $1B in under- and above-ground infrastructure with a 50% open capacity for new users.
Drawing from both surface water and ground water sources, the Chatham-Kent PUC currently operates the following:
- Six water treatment plants/distribution systems
- Approximately 1,710 km of water mains, 3,321 hydrants and 39,636 customer connections
- Eight waste water treatment plants/collection systems
- Approximately 533 km of sanitary sewers lines, 50 km of combined sanitary and storm sewer lines, 23,381 km of private drain connections and 29,493 customer connections to sanitary sewers
Roads & Highways: Connecting Potential
Looking for information on Chatham-Kent’s paved infrastructure? You’ll find everything you need to know under our Logistical Connectivity page.
Chatham-Kent’s wealth of infrastructure is ready and waiting to support your business investment. Contact our economic development team today to learn more about the benefits of basing your business in our community.