Millennium Pipeline Company, L.L.C. said Friday that it has begun construction of its 182-mile-long, 30-inch-diameter buried natural gas pipeline across New York's Southern Tier and lower Hudson Valley.
"This is the day we have been working toward for many years," said Millennium President, Dick Leehr. "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, Millennium's Vice President and General Manager, 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 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 website, www.millenniumpipeline.com.
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. 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. 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.