Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NEW GAS PIPELINE WILL INCREASE CAPACITY

As part of a 10-year plan to strengthen and modernize its natural gas delivery system, Ameren Illinois is investing more than $10 million to construct a 4.5-mile transmission pipeline from Pekin to Tremont.

The project involves replacing pipeline originally installed in the 1930s with new, higher-strength 16-inch steel transmission pipeline. Emergency valves will also be replaced with modern new isolation valves. Work is currently underway and is expected to wrap up in early November.

In the second phase of the project, Ameren Illinois will replace 8.4 miles of steel transmission pipeline – from East Peoria to Tremont – in phases over the next two years. Transmission pipelines are larger pipelines that operate at higher pressures to transport large volumes of natural gas to and from compressor stations and storage facilities, as well as to distribution centers.

This project is essential for Ameren Illinois to continue providing safe and reliable service to Peoria and surrounding areas. Once completed, the new 16-inch steel transmission pipeline will have a greater load capacity and flexibility, which will allow Ameren Illinois to fully utilize the existing delivery infrastructure, including gas storage fields in Glasford and Lincoln.

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