July 3, 2007
Construction has begun on new Millennium pipeline
Millennium Pipeline Company has begun building a 182-mile-long, 30-inch-diameter buried natural gas pipeline across New York's Southern Tier and lower Hudson Valley.
The project will be constructed over the next two years, with some restoration work extending into 2009. Specific details on the construction schedule are available on the Millennium Web site, www.millenniumpipeline.com.
Millennium will transport up to 525,400 Dth/day when it goes in service in November, 2008. Millennium is jointly owned by affiliates of NiSource, Inc., KeySpan Corporation, and DTE Energy.
Millennium will serve markets along its route in the Southern Tier and lower Hudson Valley as well as providing essential service to the New York City markets through its pipeline interconnections.
"This is the day we have been working toward for many years," said Dick Leehr, president of Millennium. "Through the cooperation and support of our anchor customers, numerous federal and state regulatory agencies, labor unions, local governments and owners, we have now reached this major milestone for new infrastructure within New York State."
Ken Austin, vice president and general manager for Millennium, added, "Safety, reliability and sensitivity to the environment are our highest priorities during the construction process. These objectives will serve as guidelines from the day the first shovel of dirt is turned over to the final steps of pipeline installation in 2008 and through restoration in 2009."
The Millennium Pipeline is anchored by its customers KeySpan Energy Delivery Long Island, Consolidated Edison of New York, Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation, and Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation.