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Ameren Illinois Unveils Two-Year Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline Upgrade Near Belleville

BELLEVILLE, IL (OCTOBER 25, 2018) – As part of its plan to modernize the energy delivery system throughout central and southern Illinois, Ameren Illinois announced today a two-year natural gas transmission pipeline project near Belleville that will start in 2019.

Overall, the company is replacing approximately 12 miles of vintage steel gas transmission pipeline from the 1950s with new, 16-inch steel pipeline. The total investment in the project is approximately
$55 million.

  • Phase 1 – Crews will replace six miles of pipeline from Green Mount Road to Frank Scott Parkway. The project is scheduled to start in the spring of 2019.
  • Phase 2 – Set to begin in 2020, nearly six miles of pipeline from Frank Scott Parkway/Concordia Church Road northwest to Illinois Route 13 will be upgraded.

Customers in the following communities will benefit from this upgrade – Belleville, Swansea, Millstadt, Smithton, Hecker, Freeburg, New Athens, Fayetteville, St. Libory, Lenzburg, Marissa, Tilden, Coulterville and Sparta.

"The upgrades are part of our overall statewide plan to upgrade and improve our natural gas system," said Richard Mark, Chairman and President, Ameren Illinois. "With these enhancements, Ameren Illinois is taking proactive steps to prepare for the future needs of our natural gas customers. We're excited to bring these enhancements to our customers in Belleville and St. Clair County."

Safe Digging

As required by law, Ameren Illinois will call JULIE (8-1-1) prior to starting work so crews can dig safely. Customers will see paint marks and colored flags in yards and along the road to mark the location of underground utilities.

About Ameren Illinois
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers throughout central and southern Illinois. Our service territory covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles and our mission is to power the quality of life. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com. Follow us on Twitter @AmerenIllinois and Facebook.