Atmos Energy Replacing Steel Line with Larger Line
Atmos Energy is installing new infrastructure to increase the safety and reliability of their system and providing for the future needs of this growing area. The work began on June 4th and has an expected completion date in October. Eva Hummel, Atmos Energy, Manager Public Affairs Mid-Tex Division describes the boundaries of this project, “The pipeline is located within a utility easement south of Plano Parkway, north of Renner Road, and bounded by S. Maxwell Creek Road to the east and Bradshaw Drive to the west.” (Current construction is visible in Murphy at Hawthorne Rd., between Peach Tree Drive and Mimosa Drive, in the Timbers neighborhood as well as from Murphy Road.) The existing 10 inch steel line is being replaced with a 16 inch steel line.
Regarding the benefits Murphy residents will experience from this new and larger steel line, Hummel said, “This pipeline project focuses on installing a natural gas line to support the growth in Murphy and DFW areas. Atmos Energy is committed to being the safest natural gas provider in the nation and in Texas. That’s why we’re investing between $840 and $935 million a year in system upgrades.”
Hummel provided additional information on pipe replacement, “Pipe replacement projects have always been and will continue to be a priority: More than 80% of our investments are directed at pipe replacement and other safety and reliability investments. Just like highways, bridges and water systems constructed decades ago, the nation’s natural gas infrastructure is a focus of replacement and modernization programs for utility companies and regulators across the country. Since 2005, we have invested nearly $3 billion in pipe replacement and other safety-related modernization investments in our Mid-Tex division, which includes Murphy, and plan to invest another $3 billion during the next five years.”
There are no additional Atmos projects slated for Murphy at this time.