Focused on Safety, Reliability, and Supply

Written by Dan McVey, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer – Gas Operations

The Energy Cooperative provides natural gas service to more than 35,000 residential and commercial members within a seven-county area. This service is provided through a network of 150 miles of transmission pipeline; three underground gas storage fields; and nearly 1,000 miles of distribution pipeline.

We are committed to providing our members with safe and reliable service. Our natural gas pipeline replacement efforts address aged or inadequate infrastructure. Part of this commitment includes a recent project near the Heath-Newark Licking County Port Authority to upgrade and relocate a bare steel pipeline that was installed in 1965 (53 years ago). We removed approximately 5,700-feet of 8-inch and 10-inch bare steel pipe. We then relocated the pipeline and replaced it with a single 10-inch coated steel that is cathodically protected to prevent corrosion. The pipeline was relocated because its location inhibited potential development of property owned by the Port Authority and the corresponding industrial park. The pipeline’s new location on the western edge of James Parkway allows for improved industrial development within the park.

The project was completed in two phases over a period of one year, and required regulatory approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board.

While most of the installation was done using conventional methods, completing the project involved a challenging 750 foot horizontal bore for the installation beneath Ramp Creek (pictured above).

The new section of pipeline is designed for a Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (“MAOP”) of 275 pounds per square inch (psig) and was pressure tested in place to ensure integrity. This increased operating pressure allows us to deliver greater volumes of natural gas to the Licking County area when demand is high.