Duke Energy is investing in a safe and reliable energy future for our 400,000 natural gas customers in Ohio. As part of our modernization efforts, we have proposed a natural gas replacement pipeline to increase the reliability of the natural gas delivery system in southwestern Ohio.
Natural gas has been available in the Cincinnati area since 1837, when our predecessor company, Cincinnati Gas Light and Coke Company, went into business to illuminate the downtown streets. Statistics show that natural gas pipelines are the safest mode of energy transportation; providing you with safe, reliable natural gas is a responsibility we at Duke Energy take very seriously. This pipeline will help ensure natural gas reliability for decades to come in Hamilton County.
The East End Replacement Project runs south-southeast, between U.S. Route 52 and the Ohio River, starting near Corbin Street and ending near the confluence of the Little Miami and Ohio Rivers. Duke Energy Ohio is proposing to replace approximately 18,200 feet of an existing natural gas main along this route, in order to mitigate risks associated with the age of the pipeline and to proactively increase the safety and reliability of the system. The existing natural gas main is a 20- and 24-inch spiral-welded, coated steel main that was installed in 1948. It will be replaced with new, corrosion-protected steel main of the same sizes, with a normal operating pressure of approximately 200 pounds per square inch gage. Approximately 13,303 feet of the replacement line is proposed to be located within the existing pipeline right of way. The remaining 3,857 feet is expected to be within existing roadway easement or new pipeline right of way.
This is an estimated schedule for the replacement line project. The current high-level schedule for this project is:
Spring 2016 – Begin survey and project design
Fall 2016 – Complete easement discussions and file a letter of notification with the Ohio Power Siting Board
Winter 2016-2017 – Bid project and issue for construction