Ameren Missouri has completed about 90 percent of a new 11-mile natural gas pipeline along Highway 63 that will help ensure Ashland, Mo. customers receive reliable service for years to come.
Roughly 10 miles of the pipeline have been laid, said Mike Holman, Ameren Missouri’s director of gas operations. Ameren Missouri has been working on the project since last April.
Holman said the line will be completed by Oct. 1, well before winter weather prompts Ameren Missouri’s Ashland area customers to increase their use of gas service. The $11 million pipeline runs south along the highway from the intersection of East Nifong Boulevard and Ponderosa Street in Columbia to hook up with Ameren Missouri’s existing line at Eastside Drive in Ashland.
“It will provide the additional gas to ensure Ashland customers continue to receive reliable service both this winter and as the community grows,” Holman said.
The new pipeline will add to the amount of natural gas already available to Ashland customers through Ameren Missouri’s Jefferson City pipeline, which is capable of carrying about 55,000 cubic feet of gas per hour (Mcfh).
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities including the greater St. Louis area. For more information please visit AmerenMissouri.com or follow Ameren Missouri on Facebook or Twitter.