Continuing with its commitment to providing safe, reliable and efficient natural gas delivery, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. is excited to announce four significant pipeline improvement projects across York County for the first quarter of 2013.
These first quarter projects total $3.4 million in discretionary capital investment and almost five miles of natural gas infrastructure upgrades in York County.
“Investing and modernizing our infrastructure reflects our ongoing commitment to ensure we continue to deliver safe, reliable and efficient natural gas service to our customers,” said Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania President Mark Kempic. “We plan to invest upwards of $140 million in 2013 in replacing and upgrading our infrastructure across our Pennsylvania service territory.”
As a leader in natural gas pipeline replacement in Pennsylvania, 850 jobs have been directly or indirectly generated as Columbia has invested more than $400 million state-wide in its natural gas delivery system, replacing more than 2.3 million feet of pipe from 2007 - 2012.
Kempic added, “These investments will create family sustaining jobs and serve as the necessary energy foundation for small, commercial and industrial business growth across our region.”
Many of these projects upgrade aging bare steel and cast iron pipe with a state-of-the-art plastic natural gas delivery system. As an added safety measure, most residential and commercial service line upgrades will feature an excess flow valve, which automatically shuts off the natural gas service in the event of a large pressure differential, indicative of a leak or damage.
Major projects scheduled across York County for the first quarter of 2013 include:
West Jackson Street Project
Community: York City
Size: 7,000 feet of pipe
Ridge Avenue Project
Size: 4,000 feet of pipe
Monroe Street Project
Community: West York
Size: 12,170 feet of pipe
Company Street Project
Community: York City
Size: 2,300 feet of pipe
Projects will run through 2013, with differing start and anticipated completion dates. More detailed information will be provided to the communities and customers involved closer to the start of the project. Additionally, some projects may require temporary lane closures or possible road detours.
“We would like to thank the local residents, business owners and customers in advance while we complete these important infrastructure improvement projects,” said Kempic.
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