TIPP CITY — Contract crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery have finished replacing gas mains and service lines in Tipp City as part of the company’s pipeline replacement program, which is a multi-year program to replace about 700 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure throughout Ohio. Crews in Tipp City have completed a more than $300,000 project where nearly .5 miles of gas main and more than 60 service lines were retired. Vectren intends to replace in total 3.75 miles in Tipp City over the next several years.
“To ensure the continued reliability of our natural gas pipeline systems and service, Vectren has undertaken a program to replace essentially all of our bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure,” said Colleen Ryan, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio president. “These infrastructure enhancements are vital to meeting federal requirements and ensuring the safety of our system for decades to come.”
A polyethylene (plastic) system was installed to replace the current bare steel and cast iron gas pipeline system. First, the gas main was replaced within the right-of-way, and then the service lines running directly to homes and businesses were replaced. Upon completion of the project, affected yards, sidewalks and streets were restored.
“Construction for these pipeline projects take several weeks to complete, and times may vary based on the size of the project, weather, ground surface/soil and other situations that may arise,” Ryan said. “Please be assured that Vectren and its contractors will make every effort to complete future projects as quickly as possible and minimize impact to customers and the community.”
Tipp City is one of more than 40 cities in Ohio undergoing this type of pipeline replacement. Since 2009, nearly 220 miles of gas mains have been replaced in the Vectren Ohio territory, which has led to a 20 percent reduction in leak calls and a reduction in natural gas emissions from the distribution system. For more information about the program, visit Vectren.com/pipelinereplacement.