Sarnia Products Pipeline

Waterdown to Finch Project


Sarnia Products Pipeline

Imperial’s Sarnia Products Pipeline is important infrastructure that provides products used by households and businesses across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This includes a significant portion of jet fuel for Toronto Pearson International Airport, as well as gasoline and diesel fuel that keeps people, goods and services moving throughout our region.

Waterdown to Finch Project Overview

Imperial’s Sarnia Products Pipeline has been operating safely for many years. The Waterdown to Finch Project is a proactive measure to ensure continued safe and reliable fuels supply by replacing 63+ kilometres of the pipeline, from our Waterdown pump station in rural Hamilton to our storage facility in Toronto's North York area.

Installation of the replacement pipeline is complete across the entire Project right-of-way and the new line is now operational and in-service. The existing pipeline has been safely deactivated and left in place to minimize environmental impacts. A restoration plan is now being followed to help return  all impacted areas to as close to pre-construction conditions as possible.

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What we're doing

Imperial is committed to ensuring the safety and reliability of the Sarnia Products Pipeline throughout the construction period of the Waterdown to Finch Project.

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    Replacing the existing 12-inch pipeline with a new 12-inch pipeline.

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    Safe deactivation

    Safely taking the existing line out of service and continuing to monitor it in place.

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    Environmental protection

    Working closely with regulatory agencies and complying with all environmental requirements.

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    A restoration plan is now being followed to help return all impacted areas to as close to pre-construction conditions as possible. 

    Commitment to our local communities...

    The replacement project is anticipated to create 400 direct jobs in Ontario supporting project management and construction activities, and more than 1,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs.

    As part of our commitment to working with and empowering local communities, Imperial has been managing a dedicated Direct Community Investment (DCI) program within all of the Project’s right- of-way (ROW) communities since 2018.

    The DCI program is designed to support capacity building and training, education and STEM development, environmental stewardship, events, and other local community activities. Imperial is proud to work directly with our local partners to build and promote strong sustainable communities.

    Construction Methods

    Imperial builds safety and integrity into its pipelines from the outset of construction. Our pipeline projects have rigorous material, design and construction standards that comply with or exceed all applicable government and industry standards. For the Waterdown to Finch Project, Imperial is using two construction techniques: open-cut construction and horizontal directional drilling (HDD).

    Imperial's Waterdown to Finch Project

    Horizontal directional drilling

    Open cut construction

    Open cut construction is the fastest method for pipeline installation.

    • Lay and bend the pipe to match the contours of the land
    • Weld, test and inspect the pipe
    • Lower pipe into the trench and cover it for protection
    open cut construction

    Trenchless construction

    Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is a method of installing underground pipe using a drilling rig at the surface level.

    • Drill along a designed directional path
    • Enlarge the pilot hole to fit the pipeline
    • Pull the pipeline back through the hole

    Trenchless construction

    Where are we deploying trenchless construction?

    Imperial is deploying trenchless construction known as HDD to minimize impacts to sensitive or congested areas like water bodies, significant wetlands, highways and sensitive archaeological or cultural heritage sites.



    Focused on safety

    Imperial’s safety performance is among the best in the Canadian energy industry. We attribute our record of safe and reliable operations to our preventative maintenance and proactive pipeline inspection programs. Learn how Imperial prepares for continued safe pipeline operations.

    Our commitment to community engagement

    Indigenous collaboration

    We are engaging Indigenous field monitors on archaeological assessments and environmental field surveys to support the preservation of known archaeological and cultural heritage resources.

    Our commitment to community engagement

    Working with the local community

    Imperial is committed to meaningful community engagement throughout the duration of the Project. We will continue to work with local community members to help inform solutions to minimize the impact of any disruptions.

    Public information sessions were held in communities along the Project footprint.

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