As part of Eversource’s effort to modernize its natural gas distribution system for customers, the company is investing $50 million on gas main improvement projects in Connecticut in 2016.
The work involves replacing approximately 103,000 feet of existing cast iron and bare steel pipe with newer plastic pipe, which is safer, more resistant to corrosion, more durable and better able to handle fluctuations in underground temperatures.
“As state-of-the-art materials and construction techniques advance, we continue upgrading our system to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas,” said Marc Andrukiewicz, VP of Gas Engineering. “Aging is a natural process in life and that also applies to our infrastructure.”
In the past five years, Eversource has replaced nearly 100 miles of older gas main. Work to replace 3,800 feet of gas main along Atlantic and Bedford Streets in Stamford will begin next month. Soon after, Eversource will upgrade 5,800 feet of main along Courtland Avenue and Seaton Road.
Eversource works closely with community leaders and customers where work is being done to minimize the impact to traffic and coordinate other roadwork happening in the town. Customers may experience a short disruption to service when the new gas main is being activated and they will be notified in advance by letter, phone or in-person visit. The company aims to have all 2016 gas main improvement projects in Connecticut completed by November.
These replacement projects are in addition to Eversource’s ongoing expansion of its natural gas distribution system. For more information on these expansion efforts, visit here.
Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns and provides natural gas to 222,000 customers in 72 communities in Connecticut. Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCT) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceCT).