Ameren Illinois is investing nearly $3.1 million to upgrade the natural gas infrastructure in Douglas and Edgar Counties. The upgrades will improve safety and service reliability for customers, and is a part of Ameren Illinois’ plan to modernize the natural gas and electric delivery systems in central and southern Illinois.
“A key component of our natural gas modernization plan is the replacement of older, mechanically coupled pipe with plastic polyethylene pipe that is resistant to corrosion and is more efficient to install,” said George Justice, director, Division IV for Ameren Illinois. “We’re also investing in new technology that provides more advanced monitoring of our system all in an effort to strengthen the safety, reliability and efficiency of our natural gas network and provide superior service to our customers.”
Local projects include:
In all, Ameren Illinois is investing nearly $3.1 million and more than 17,600 man-hours on the replacement projects. This activity will generate an estimated $6.2 million in economic impact (jobs, spending, local sourcing, etc.) throughout central and southern Illinois.
“Our natural gas system is aging – and while the system is safe, we’re making necessary investments to ensure it stays that way. These investments will ensure we’re able to continue meeting the needs of our customers now and in the future,” said Richard J. Mark, president, Ameren Illinois. “At the same time, we’re adding jobs and providing a boost to local economies.”
Since 2012, Ameren Illinois has implemented hundreds of system reliability projects by adding new technology and fortifying the energy grid. As a result, reliability has improved by an average of 20 percent, saving Ameren Illinois customers an estimated $44 million a year. The utility has added more than 800 employees, and more than 1,200 Illinois-based contract workers who are supporting Ameren Illinois projects. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com/focus or follow us on Twitter @AmerenIllinois and Facebook.com/AmerenIllinois.