BERLIN - As part of Eversource’s effort to modernize its natural gas distribution system for customers, the company this year is investing $50 million in gas line improvement projects throughout the state.
The work involves replacing about 20 miles of cast iron and steel pipe with new specialized plastic pipe, which is safer, more durable and better able to handle fluctuations in underground temperatures, according to company officials.
“Safely delivering a reliable supply of clean, convenient natural gas is the most important service we can provide our customers,” said Bill Akley, Eversource’s president of gas operations. “So each year, we review the system’s performance and identify areas to make necessary and valuable improvements to maintain a first-rate natural gas distribution system.”
In the past six years, Eversource has replaced nearly 120 miles of older gas lines.
Akley said Eversource works closely with community leaders and customers where work is being done to minimize the impact to traffic and coordinate other roadwork happening in the town. Customers may experience a short disruption to service when the new gas line is being activated and they will be notified in advance by letter, phone or in-person visit.
The company aims to have all 2017 gas pipe improvements completed by November.