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New Jersey Natural Gas eliminates all cast iron.

New Jersey Natural Gas crews replaced a section of 4-inch main that officially 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 network.

"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."

In the past three years, NJNG said it has replaced 62 miles of cast iron and 159 miles of unprotected steel main and associated services throughout its service territory as part of its Safety Acceleration and Facility Enhancement (SAFE) program. Approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) in October 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 security.

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Title Annotation:IN THE NEWS
Publication:Pipeline & Gas Journal
Date:Feb 1, 2016
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