READING, PA, April 14, 2015 – UGI Utilities will spend more than $85 million in fiscal year 2015 to replace natural gas mains and complete a variety of system enhancement projects.
“UGI remains committed to enhancing the safety and reliability of our infrastructure,” Hans Bell, UGI vice president of engineering, said. “These infrastructure projects continue our commitment to ensure that our system provides safe and reliable service for our customers, and for the many communities we serve.”
More than 62 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains are targeted for replacement by mains constructed of contemporary materials such as high density plastic or cathodically protected steel as part of the UGI infrastructure betterment program. These infrastructure betterment projects are complemented by a number of regular UGI capital projects such as pressure reinforcements to improve system reliability, service line and meter replacements, and regulator station work.
UGI is aggressively pursuing its $1.2 billion commitment to replace all pipelines made of non-contemporary material. The replacement schedule is guided by an infrastructure plan that prioritizes projects based on risk assessment and other factors. Currently, more than 87 percent of UGI’s 12,000 miles of gas pipelines are constructed of contemporary materials.
Communities where these projects will occur will be notified in advance of UGI’s construction schedules. As part of the natural gas main betterment initiative, UGI will replace service lines leading to customer homes as needed. When replacing service lines, UGI personnel will need to gain access to customer residences.
These projects will cause temporary traffic and parking congestion. UGI will work collaboratively with municipal officials to minimize these disruptions and to inform local residents of detours and lane restrictions.
These construction projects also provide an opportunity for homes and businesses in the affected areas to convert to natural gas. Homeowners who convert can save up to $1,000 per year on their energy bills. UGI encourages customers along project routes to contact the company at (800) 276-2722 (800-652-0550 in UGI Central Penn Gas service area) if they are interested in converting to natural gas during construction.
Listed below are those key infrastructure betterment projects that will replace at least one-quarter mile of non-contemporary natural gas mains. The listed projects are either scheduled for completion in fiscal year 2015 or are already in process. The project list may change based on a number of factors including, but not limited to the scheduling of municipal and state road construction projects and inclement weather.
Customers and community residents interested in additional information can view a complete list of scheduled infrastructure projects, along with their status, on UGI’s website at www.ugi.com/construction. This site is regularly updated. The site also includes a list of projects that have been completed in the past six months.
Greater Reading Area
City of Reading
Borough of Fleetwood
Borough of Sinking Spring
Greater Harrisburg Area
City of Harrisburg
Greater Lancaster Area
City of Lancaster
Greater Lehigh Valley
City of Allentown
City of Bethlehem
City of Wilkes-Barre
City of Scranton
City of Sunbury
City of Williamsport
Clarks Summit Borough
Scott Township (Columbia County)
South Abington Township
South Centre Township
7200-7300 blocks of Old Berwick Road
UGI – Central Penn Gas
City of Pottsville
East Stroudsburg Borough
Port Allegany Borough
Jackson Township (Tioga County)
Lower Oxford Township
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