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O&R Completes Installation of New High-Pressure Gas System

Provides Major Safety, Reliability Benefits for Customers

Orange & Rockland today turned the final valve in Middletown to complete the conversion of the last low pressure system in the company’s 1,858-mile long natural gas delivery system to high-pressure. This represents a significant multi-year, multi-million dollar milestone that will substantially improve system safety and reliability, and reduce the environmental impact of O&R’s natural gas service for its 135,000 natural gas customers.

Today’s announcement represents the completion of the latest phase of a gas main program that between 2004 and 2018 replaced approximately 289 miles of leak-prone pipe (including 38 miles of cast-iron pipe) in O&R’s service area in Orange and Rockland counties.

With the successful completion of its current $4.8 million gas main replacement project in Middletown today, O&R has removed all cast-iron pipe – some over a century old – from its entire gas distribution system.

O&R President and CEO Robert Sanchez said, "Today’s natural gas system conversion to high pressure is a landmark event. It is the result of a multi-million dollar investment, thousands of hours of planning and designing and hundreds of hours of dedicated work performed by the women and men of O&R. The new high pressure system means greater safety for the communities we serve and more reliable delivery for our customers."

He added, "We thank the public for its patience during this work much of which was performed in active streets and, at times, disrupted traffic. And, we thank our elected officials and civic leaders for their cooperation and guidance in ensuring that our work was conducted at all times with a close eye on its impact in the communities we serve. It’s a great example of communication and teamwork."

The cast-iron removal and gas delivery upgrade to a high-pressure system provide a number of important service improvements that mean major safety, reliability and environmental benefits to O&R customers.

In addition to Middletown, O&R has replaced cast-iron gas pipes and upgraded to a high-pressure gas delivery system most recently in Port Jervis. O&R finished the high-pressure conversion of it natural gas system in Rockland in 2016, after replacing the last of the cast-iron pipe with plastic mains in Suffern, Garnerville, Piermont, Haverstraw and Nyack.

This year alone, O&R will spend over $30 million in the gas main replacement program, representing more than half of the capital budget for the O&R gas business.