Wilkes-Barre, PA, November 7, 2013 – UGI Penn Natural Gas is completing a system distribution upgrade project in Olyphant, PA. Before placing the new Natural Gas pipeline into operation, UGI PNG must complete a purging of the Natural Gas line. This activity will occur on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in the area of Mid Valley Drive and E. Lackawanna Avenue in Olyphant, PA. Several purges will occur throughout the day, starting at approximately 8:00 a.m.
During this time, residents in the area may smell the odor of Natural Gas, or hear a loud noise associated with the purging process. While these are normal occurrences associated with this type of activity, we encourage customers and community members who may be concerned about a potential leak of gas to call us at 1-800-276-2722.
The Olyphant project is part of the Company’s multi-year $1.2 billion infrastructure betterment initiative. The focus of this initiative is to replace cast iron and unprotected steel pipelines with facilities made of contemporary materials.
More than 85 percent of UGI’s 12,000 miles of gas pipelines are currently constructed of contemporary materials. UGI’s 2014 infrastructure betterment plan calls for the Company to spend approximately $85.7 million to replace an additional 67 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains, in addition to completing a variety of system enhancement projects
UGI is a natural gas and electric utility company that serves approximately 660,000 customers. Additional information concerning UGI’s infrastructure betterment program is available at www.ugi.com/construction. General information about UGI Utilities is available at www.ugi.com on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities or Twitter: www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.