Consumers Energy Ups Investment in Michigan Natural Gas System

Consumers Energy is investing nearly $225 million to enhance safety and reliability of its natural gas system throughout lower Michigan.

This year’s commitment includes infrastructure replacement projects across the state, upgrades to compressor and pressure regulation facilities, and upgrades to accommodate new business and residential customer growth.

A total of $75 million will be spent on  60 improvement projects in 17 counties and replace an additional 86 miles of pipe with plastic and steel, using nearly 500 Consumers Energy employees to perform this work.

Another major project for 2016-17 is replacement of 3.5 miles of a pipeline serving the greater Lansing area with new steel main to improve gas deliverability and reliability.

As the economy in Michigan continues to expand, Consumers Energy is making necessary infrastructure expansion and upgrades to deliver gas service to over 10,000 expected new business customers. An additional $35 million will be invested to add 146 miles of gas distribution main in areas without natural gas, supporting over 2,000 new residential customers.

An investment of $17 million will go to augment its pipeline system, including a new $9 million natural gas compressor being built to increase reliability to customers in Huron and Tuscola counties. The compressor will be operational by September.

About $35 million will be spent in 2016 to replace gas infrastructure in conjunction with state, county and municipal roadway and civic improvement projects, including replacement of about 1,000 gas service lines leading to homes or businesses.

To help ensure the company’s pipeline distribution system, $30 million will be invested in regulation facilities across the state, including rebuilding projects at city gates in Laingsburg and Plymouth, as well as the installation of new equipment.

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