Pipeline Construction and Replacement Rights of Way
Duke Energy is continually working to improve service to our gas customers. This may include installing new pipelines or replacing old pipelines. Here’s what you can expect if these improvements take place in your area.
New pipelines are considered necessary infrastructure and they may offer significant economic development benefits to communities within the affected regions. Even so, we recognize that these projects can directly affect individual property owners whose land the pipelines cross. Throughout the project planning and right-of-way acquisition process, our obligation is to treat all property owners with courtesy and respect and to provide accurate information regarding the proposed activity.
If your property is impacted by the construction of a new pipeline, Duke Energy will meet with you prior to construction and walk the proposed route of the pipeline. Before construction begins, a right-of-way agreement must be obtained from the current property owner.
You may notice construction crews working on natural gas lines in some Ohio and Kentucky communities. This is the result of our natural gas Accelerated Main Replacement Program (AMRP), approved by The Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and The Kentucky Public Service Commission in 2001. This will improve the reliability of gas mains and keep future operation and maintenance expenses to the lowest possible level.
The goal of the program is to replace all 12-inch and smaller cast iron and bare steel gas mains by 2016. In Ohio, we will replace nearly 1,200 miles of old pipelines, with approximately 80 miles of pipeline replaced each year. In Kentucky, approximately 111 miles of old pipelines will be replaced. You can read more about the Accelerated Main Replacement Program (OH, KY) and find out if it impacts your property.