Tolt Natural Gas Line Project Open House Presentation
As the demand for natural gas grows, Puget Sound Energy's existing 8-inch high pressure natural gas line serving northeast King County is nearing its capacity limits during cold winter days, when people use more energy to stay warm. The system's capacity constraints impact our ability to supply natural gas at an adequate pressure to reliably serve more than 27,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the Woodinville, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland and unincorporated King County areas.
In order to maintain the current reliability of the natural gas system in the area and ensure we can continue to provide our customers with dependable service in the future, PSE plans to upgrade the natural gas system in northeast King County.
Our plans entail installing approximately four miles of new 16-inch high pressure natural gas pipeline and constructing a new gate station in the area. (A gate station is a facility where natural gas is metered, reduced in pressure, and injected with a strong odorant called mercaptan, which gives the gas its familiar rotten-egg smell.) When complete, this new infrastructure will add necessary capacity to the existing system and reinforce the current natural gas pipelines in the area, meaning our customers can continue to depend on reliable natural gas service well into the future.
Below are details on the multi-year construction effort and estimated project timeline:
- Phase 1: Construct 2.8 miles of 16-inch natural gas pipeline along the existing Seattle Public Utilities Tolt utility corridor between Mink Road Northeast and 155th Avenue Northeast. This project is expected to be constructed in 2015, depending upon permits (see Phase 1 aerial map).
- Phase 2: Construct 1.2 miles of 16-inch natural gas pipeline along the existing Tolt utility corridor between 216th Avenue Northeast and Mink Road Northeast, where it will connect to the segment of pipeline constructed in Phase 1. Plans also entail constructing a new gate station near the intersection of 216th Avenue Northeast and the Tolt corridor. We expect to construct this phase in 2022 based on current growth forecasts (see Phase 2 aerial map).
As growth continues in the area, there is a potential for a third phase in PSE's long-term plan. The third phase would run approximately 1.9 miles along the Tolt utility corridor between 155th Avenue Northeast and 132nd Avenue Northeast (see project timeline road map and Phase 3 aerial map). We currently don't have an expected timeline for this phase of work, but will be monitoring population growth, future planned residential and commercial development and natural gas usage in the area over the next several decades to help us determine when the third phase would be necessary for our customers. Current high-level planning estimates suggest this work would occur around 2033.
It's our goal to minimize construction impacts in the Tolt corridor, and for the people who utilize it, as much as possible. We plan to use installation techniques that will allow us to minimize disruption of nearby wetlands and critical areas, as well as to the corridor itself. Additionally, because the Tolt corridor is popular with local walkers, runners, cyclists and equestrians, we're aiming to keep the majority of the corridor open during construction so it can still be used for recreational purposes. After construction is complete we'll restore the construction zone back to its original condition.
At PSE, we know our customers, employees and the communities we serve expect to live and work around a safe and reliable natural gas system. Safety is our top priority when it comes to designing, constructing, operating and maintaining the natural gas system serving more than 770,000 PSE customers. When improving and operating our system, we follow or exceed strict federal and state safety requirements related to pipeline safety. Click here for more information on natural gas safety.
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PSE will continue to provide updates to the community. We'll notify residents who live near the project area when construction will occur. We aim to complete this work with as little disruption as possible.