CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Company is proposing the Central Arkansas Pipeline Enhancement Project to provide for the continued safe, reliable and efficient transportation of natural gas to the central Arkansas cities and towns of Conway, Mayflower, Maumelle, North Little Rock and Little Rock.
CenterPoint identified an opportunity to enhance its pipeline system in Central Arkansas and initiated a collaborative effort with the local gas distribution company, its affiliate, CenterPoint Energy Arkansas Gas (CERC). CenterPoint and CERC currently own and operate multiple, existing pipelines in this region, but the region has experienced substantial residential and commercial development since the original pipeline facilities were constructed, according to Olivia C. Ross, Corporate Communication specialist for CenterPoint Energy.
“The pipeline enhancement project provides [CenterPoint] and CERC with the opportunity to install new facilities to better serve its current customers, while also laying the groundwork for additional capacity to meet future growth, as needed,” said Ross.
As part of the Project, CenterPoint will also retire from service some exiting pipeline assets, while also realigning ownership of some other existing pipeline infrastructure to CERC. Such realignment and re-purposing of existing pipeline infrastructure will provide for cost savings and more efficient delivery of natural gas in the Project area, all of which should benefit end use customers.
As part of the project, CenterPoint is proposing the installation of approximately 28 miles of 12-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline and ancillary facilities in Pulaski and Faulkner counties. The proposed pipeline will be constructed primarily on new alignment, and will provide replacement transmission service for a portion of two existing CenterPoint natural gas pipelines
CenterPoint Energy held a public meeting about a proposed pipeline enhancement project on May 21 at the University of Central Arkansas’ Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center.
CenterPoint Energy representatives were available at information stations before and after a brief presentation to share additional information and answer questions about the enhancement project.
For more information, go online to CenterPointEnergy.com/ArkansasPipeline or call 888-641-8326.