DTE Gas will invest $1.4 billion in its Michigan natural gas pipeline infrastructure over the next five years to maintain the safety and reliability of its system. Plans call for DTE to modernize its cast-iron and steel main pipelines with more durable material. New service lines to homes and businesses also will be installed. This year, DTE is on track to replace over 100 miles of gas main lines, an increase of 20 miles from 2015. DTE plans accelerate the pace of replacement, eventually doubling the current program.
“Replacing older gas lines with the latest in pipeline material ensures our natural gas system remains safe for our customers,” said Mark Stiers, DTE Gas president and COO. “The key to maintaining a safe pipeline system is our regular inspections and maintenance of the lines.”
Natural gas meters will be moved from inside homes and businesses and replaced with advanced meters on the outside as part of the gas main modernization work. Advanced meters on the outside of homes and businesses will eliminate reading meters. In addition to the acceleration of gas main replacement, upgrades will be made at compressor stations.
Stiers added that declining natural gas costs, combined with operational efficiencies, will enable DTE Gas to continue to offer affordable prices for its customers.
“We can do both,” Stiers said of improving the infrastructure and maintaining affordable prices. “Lower natural gas prices have significantly reduced bills for our customers, who can be assured that they will continue to have a safe, reliable natural gas system.”