For Immediate Release
PHILADELPHIA (March 30, 2015) – As part of PECO’s commitment to provide customers with safe and reliable natural gas service, the company is investing more than $5.4 million to enhance the local natural gas distribution system in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County.
This work is part of a multi-year plan to modernize PECO’s natural gas system and enhance service in the area.
“We continuously review our natural gas distribution system to identify opportunities to further improve service and enhance safety,” said Ron Bradley, vice president of Gas Operations. “This work ensures we can continue to provide safe, reliable natural gas service to our customers.”
In 2014, PECO invested more than $3.5 million in natural gas system enhancements throughout the township. Work will include the replacement of existing natural gas main and bare steel natural gas service lines with new plastic pipe, which enhances safety, is more durable and improves service reliability.
Project work began in February and will occur in phases through September 2015.
Work will be completed on Church, Glenside, Green Briar, Gribbel, Hewitt, Oak Lane, Old York, Waverly and Westminster roads; Glenside, Glenview, Glenwood, Greenwood, Lynnwood, North, Paxson and South avenues. PECO also will complete work on Park and Serpentine lanes; Forrest Hills Drive and Aspen Way. Work will be coordinated with any planned township or utility projects to minimize the impact to area traffic and the community.
These projects are part of nearly $90 million in investments that PECO is making to its natural gas system this year. This includes inspecting equipment, completing necessary repairs or replacements, performing preventive maintenance work, and installing additional natural gas main and service lines to bring natural gas service to new customers.
PECO serves about 170,000 natural gas customers in Montgomery County. The company maintains a rigorous maintenance and inspection program to ensure safe and reliable service for more than 500,000 natural gas customers. PECO operates and maintains more than 12,000 miles of natural gas distribution and service lines, and 31 miles of natural gas transportation lines in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Lancaster counties.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 506,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 89.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
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