Vectren Corporation, a natural gas and electricity distributor in Indiana, announced it plans to replace more than 1,000 miles of underground and old natural gas pipeline across the Midwestern state. The project, according to The Associated press, could cost $865 million.
The company said the upgrades would improve the safety of the line, the AP said. The work involved removing bare steel and cast iron distribution mains and replacing it with new pipes, which will mostly be plastic. The project is necessary, said Carl Chapman, Vectren Corporation chairman, president and CEO, because federal safety guidelines are becoming more strict. The improvements will ensure the line meets safety standards.
"The first priority is safety and reliable service," said Chapman, according to the AP.
The pipeline project would span across 50 Indiana cities, the Indy Star reported. The project, if approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, would take seven years to complete.
"Some of these pipes have been in the ground for a good while ... 60 to 70 years in some cases," said Chapman, according to the Indy Star.
Vectren serves about 570,000 gas customers in central and southeastern Indiana.