The natural gas that is distributed by Énergir comes from western Canada and from the United States, including sources such as the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB), the US Rockies, the Mid-continent, the Marcellus region, and the Gulf of Mexico. It may originate from conventional deposits or non-conventional sources.
However, it is currently difficult, or even impossible, to trace the exact place where the gas was produced, ie the well itself. Natural gas is traded on markets and purchased through various intermediaries such as banks or brokers, for example. Due to the numerous interconnections in the North American gas networks, it is impossible to identify the exact source of a given molecule of natural gas.
This situation is comparable to that of electricity. Once an electron is in the network, there is no way to tell whether it was generated by a dam or a wind turbine, or whether it was imported from a coal-fired plant in the United States.
As a distributor, Énergir procures its supplies from various intermediaries (brokers) which in turn obtain their supplies from many suppliers located in two hubs: Empress, in Alberta, and Dawn, in Ontario. The natural gas supply contracts that are signed by Énergir do not specify the source of the natural gas that is purchased.
Follow-up on sustainable development performance - 2016 fiscal year
As at September 30, 2016:
- 24 suppliers at the Dawn hub (Ontario)
- 26 suppliers at the Empress hub (Alberta)
- 1 supplier of renewable natural gas (Quebec)
Since November 2016, the vast majority of Énergir’s supplies has come from the Dawn hub, in southern Ontario. This decision was prompted by the Régie de l’énergie, which has been urging Énergir to move its supply structure closer to the markets it serves.