POUGHKEEPSIE – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation continues to replace select natural gas lines on an accelerated basis in communities throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. This is part of an initiative to address aging infrastructure.
“These critical investments help to ensure the reliability and safety of the natural gas delivery system serving our customers,” said Paul Haering, Vice President of Engineering and System Operations at Central Hudson.
The energy company is targeting certain natural gas lines comprised of cast iron, wrought iron, and bare steel, most installed prior to 1950.
Haering explained that while these lines are regularly replaced as a part of the utility’s annual maintenance program, these replacements are now accelerated as approved and required by state regulators.
“The majority of these original lines are located in many of the region’s cities and villages, areas where gas service was first offered in the Mid-Hudson Valley,” said Haering. “New distribution pipelines are now made of polyethylene, which is highly durable and less susceptible to environmental conditions. As these older pipelines are nearing the end of their useful service, they are being replaced with the new material.”
In addition to pipeline replacements, Central Hudson will also be working closely with property owners in these areas to relocate indoor gas meters to the outside of their homes and businesses, in order to improve access and inspections by utility personnel.
This year, Central Hudson plans to replace more than 14 miles of gas mains plus associated services, which is nearly three times the past replacement rate. More than 18 miles of main were replaced in 2016 under the program. Similar plans to replace gas mains on this accelerated basis are anticipated to continue across the region through 2019, and potentially later.
Gas main replacements in 2017 are scheduled to take place within the following communities:
- City of Kingston
- City of Newburgh
- City of Poughkeepsie
- Town of Catskill
- Town of Cornwall
- Town of Newburgh
- Town of New Windsor
- Village of Wappinger Falls
Central Hudson is working closely with municipal officials in planning this work, such as coordination with paving, restoration and other planned infrastructure projects, and representatives are meeting with residents and neighborhoods to share information about the activities. Work will be performed by Central Hudson personnel and contractors, who carry and display identification badges. For more information on these important natural gas line replacement projects and to view a short video on the initiative, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Gas-Projects.