November 1, 2012
Enbridge opens high-tech operations centre
Enbridge Gas Distribution recently celebrated the official opening of its state-of-the-art Technology and Operations Centre with officials from the Province of Ontario and the City of Markham.
The hallmark of the new centre is an innovative “streetscape,” the most comprehensive and realistic training facility for a natural gas utility in Canada, reports Enbridge. The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the end of the year-long construction project, which broke ground in July 2011. The 105,000 square foot facility is located in Markham, Ont. and now serves as a central hub for the training of hundreds of workers.
“The safety of our workers, customers and the public is our top priority,” said Guy Jarvis, president, Enbridge Gas Distribution, in a statement.
“We’re committed to ensuring our workers have the training they need to do their jobs safely. When designing the centre and streetscape, we tapped into our employees’ expertise and industry best practices to create the most dynamic and realistic training opportunity possible.”
With a focus on operational excellence, the 1.5 acre streetscape consists of infrastructure common in an urban community with a natural gas distribution system, full-sized roads and scaled-down buildings that represent residential, commercial and small industrial customer premises. Compressed air is used to simulate natural gas and offers a controlled, safe environment for training. Inside, the facility offers practical, hands-on learning as well as traditional classroom environments.
The centre was designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold level designation. It’s been designed to use 78 per cent less natural gas, 68 per cent less electricity, 50 per cent less water and produce 50 per cent less waste when compared to a facility of similar use.
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