Gas Safety & Reliability
This article is one of a series on the major components of our upstate NY rate case
As part of our upstate New York rate case, National Grid will invest more than $540 million over the next three years to further enhance the safety and reliability of our gas networks. These investments will allow us to grow and modernize our gas system and improve service for our 600,000 gas customers in central, northern and eastern New York.
This is what we will be doing to increase gas safety and reliability:
- Leak Prone Pipe Retirement: To upgrade the integrity and safety of our infrastructure, we are replacing 150 miles of aging pipe over the next three years. This represents more than 30 percent of our total investment, and will be built to accommodate residential and commercial growth for years to come.
- Pipeline Integrity and Safety Verification Process: All of our upgrades are in compliance with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s national safety guidelines. This protocol helps protect people and the environment by establishing safe standards of gas transmission.
- Regulator Stations and Heaters: We are rebuilding and replacing our aging pressure regulation stations. This infrastructure investment is critical to maintaining minimum gas pressure so that we can safely and reliably deliver gas to our customers during blue sky days and in the event of severe weather.
- Albany Loop Closure Project: This project is designed to alleviate supply constraints on the “East Gate,” an area experiencing significant growth in the Albany region. We will install 38,000 feet of 16-inch transmission main from the south end of our gas system in Glenmont, NY, to the northeast end of the system in Troy, NY. The work will take place over the next three years, and is vital to maintain reliability for our current customers and to increase capacity to serve future customers.
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