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Puget Sound Energy natural gas pipeline project

Thurston County natural gas system improvements

 

Spring 2015 project updates

  • To increase reliability and meet customer demand, PSE is installing approximately 1 mile of new 8-inch natural gas pipeline and constructing a new district regulator along SR 510 in Lacey.
  • Work will begin in June and is expected to last through September. Construction will be occurring at night only, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., on Sunday through Thursday nights.
  • It’s our goal to minimize construction impacts as much as possible.
  • As growth continues in the area, there is a potential for additional upgrades to the existing natural gas system in Thurston County.
 

Project overview

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Puget Sound Energy is working to upgrade the natural gas system in Thurston County to increase reliability and ensure we can continue to provide our customers with dependable service in the future.

PSE will install approximately 1 mile of new 8-inch natural gas pipeline and construct a new district regulator along SR 510 in Lacey. When complete, this new infrastructure will add necessary capacity to the existing system and reinforce the current natural gas pipelines in the area. Because PSE's natural gas system works as a large network, upgrades to the main line help stabilize the system in adjacent communities, as well as support our entire region.

As growth continues in the area, there is a potential for additional upgrades to the existing natural gas system in Thurston County. We will be monitoring population growth, future residential and commercial development and natural gas usage in the area over the next several years to help us determine when additional upgrades would be necessary for our customers.

Construction

It's our goal to minimize construction impacts to local businesses and residents as much as possible. We're planning to keep the corridor open during construction and will keep the community informed of any work-related closures, detours and work schedules.

Safety

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.

For important natural gas safety information, including how to detect a natural gas leak, visit our natural gas safety page.  

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Committed to keeping you informed

PSE will continue to provide updates to the community. We will notify residents and businesses near the project area when construction will occur. We aim to complete the work with as little disruption as possible.