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Palmerston North gas supply upgrade

Thursday, June 09, 2016

A section of the gas network that supplies Palmerston North City is being overhauled to improve supply to the North Eastern area.

Powerco is about to start work to install approximately 5km of gas main along SH3 and a new gas supply point.

Powerco Gas Operations Manager Don Elers said the $1.2 million project will improve the reliability of the gas supply in the area and cater for increasing demand.

An old cast iron gas pipeline that transverses the city provides a large duct which will be used to insert a new polyethylene gas pipe.

The cast iron pipeline, which has not been in use for many years, is part of the original network built in the late 1800s to supply coal gas to the town.

Using the duct will help reduce disruption and impact on motorists as well as residents and businesses while work is carried out.

Powerco has contracted Palmerston North firm Higgins to carry out the work.

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