As part of the Vectren Energy’s pipeline replacement program, contract crews have begun replacing gas mains and service lines in Muncie, Indiana. The company intends to retire a total of nearly 130 miles in Muncie through the end of the pipeline replacement program.
A polyethylene (plastic) system is being installed in most cases, to replace the current bare steel and cast-iron gas pipeline system.
According to the release, the gas main will be replaced within the right-of-way, and then the service lines running directly to homes and businesses will be replaced. Nearly $2.9 million will go toward retiring more than five miles of gas main and nearly 300 service lines in Muncie in 2019.
“Construction for these pipeline projects may 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,” Richard Leger, vice president of Natural Gas Distribution, Indiana and Ohio said in the release.