New Jersey Gas Utility Pipeline Project Named Project of the Year

HOUSTON (P&GJ) – A gas main upgrade project from Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) has been named as Project of the Year by the Project Management Institute - New Jersey Chapter (PMINJ). 

The project is part of the company’s Gas System Modernization Program, a three-year, $905 million program which launched in 2016.

Over the course of the project, the company replaced more than 500 miles of gas mains and approximately 38,000 services lines. The program allowed the company to upgrade its cast iron and steel gas lines with plastic pipe.

The second phase of the project, GSMP II, will cover an additional 875 miles of pipes and other gas infrastructure improvements through 2023.

The program is being recognized for its complexity and its use of excellent project management standards. The award letter praised PSE&G leadership’s belief “that project management makes a difference in the success of your organization.” The PMINJ event will take place in Somerset, New Jersey.

“I am proud to call the PSE&G Gas System Modernization Program the 2019 PMINJ Project of the Year. The continuous improvement culture used by the team during the project stood out for me as a great practice,” said PMINJ President Mark Barash.

PSE&G Vice President of Gas Operations Joe Forline said, “I couldn’t be more proud of all the PSE&G employees in Gas Operations and PSE&G for their support of GSMP.”

GSMP II is part of PSEG’s vision for the future of energy, Powering Progress. The $1.9 billion in infrastructure upgrades under GSMP II, which launched January 2019, are expected to:

  • Replace up to 875 miles of aging cast iron and unprotected steel gas pipes with plastic piping;
  • Enable the installation of excess flow valves that automatically shut off gas flow if a service line is damaged, and better support the use of high-efficiency appliances;
  • Create about 3,000 full time jobs per year for the duration of the program;
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • Keep customer bills low, with the average annual bill impact for a typical residential customer expected to be less than a 2% increase, or about $17, per year during the five years.

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