New Jersey Natural Gas Becomes First Utility in State to Eliminate All Cast Iron from Its System
New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) crews today replaced a section of 4” main
at the intersection of Stockton Avenue and Main Street and retired the
last piece of cast iron main in its system. With that, NJNG is now the
first utility in the state with no active cast iron in its pipeline
“Ensuring the safety of our customers and the reliability of our system
is the most important thing we do,” said Laurence M. Downes, chairman
and CEO of New Jersey Natural Gas. “By eliminating all of the cast iron
main and associated services, we continue to strengthen our system and
the lifeline service we provide. This is an important milestone in the
history our Company and an accomplishment of which we are all proud. It
is also a credit to the dedication of the women and men of New Jersey
Natural Gas and the leadership of our regulators.”
Over the past three years, NJNG has replaced approximately 62 miles of
cast iron and 159 miles of unprotected steel main and associated
services throughout its service territory as a part of its Safety
Acceleration and Facility Enhancement (SAFE) program. Approved by the
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) in October of 2012, SAFE was
designed to replace 276 miles of aged infrastructure. Cast iron and
unprotected steel main were most commonly used prior to 1970, and are
more susceptible to corrosion and leaks.
NJNG routinely replaces its facilities through its annual capital
construction and accelerated infrastructure programs. The replacement of
its aged main through the SAFE program is consistent with the state’s
Energy Master Plan and its emphasis on infrastructure reliability and
resiliency as a pathway to lower energy costs and enhanced energy
NJNG will continue the replacement of 55 miles of unprotected steel main
and services through fiscal 2016, and has filed with the BPU to replace
an additional 276 miles.
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and maintains over 7,000 miles of natural gas transportation and
distribution infrastructure to serve over half a million customers in
New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean and parts of Morris and Middlesex
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(December 16, 2015 - 2:33 PM EST)
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