Company to upgrade 40 miles of gas lines in 2017
BOSTON – As part of Eversource’s effort to modernize its natural gas distribution system for customers, the company is investing $65 million in gas line improvement projects in Massachusetts in 2017. The work involves replacing approximately 40 miles of cast iron and steel pipe with new specialized plastic pipes, which are safer, more durable and better able to handle fluctuations in underground temperatures.
“Safely delivering a reliable supply of clean, convenient natural gas is the most important service we can provide our customers,” said Bill Akley, President of Gas Operations at Eversource. “We’ve increased our gas line replacement commitment by five miles again this year and have begun our work in communities across our service area.”
In the past six years, Eversource has replaced nearly 160 miles of older gas lines in its Central and Eastern Massachusetts service area. Much of this replacement work takes place in and around larger, older cities and towns where natural gas service has been available the longest, such as New Bedford, Worcester, Somerville and Cambridge.
In 2017, Eversource’s projects will include the replacement of a total of seven miles of lines in New Bedford, five miles in Worcester and over three miles in communities including Cambridge, Dedham and Somerville. Similarly, the company will complete a total of over ten miles of replacement work in the communities of Marlborough, Framingham, Hyde Park, Kingston, Marion and Natick.
Other communities where pipeline upgrades are scheduled include Acushnet, Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Plymouth, Hopedale, Maynard, Upton, Westwood, Needham, Holliston, Hudson, Milford, Uxbridge, Auburn, Northbridge and Shrewsbury.
Eversource (NYSE: ES) transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas to 1.7 million customers throughout Massachusetts, including approximately 1.4 million electric customers in 140 communities and 300,000 gas customers in 51 communities. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceMA) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceMA).