MASSENA - Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas and its contractors started the process of introducing natural gas into the first section of the newly constructed 48-mile natural gas transmission line that will bring natural gas to portions of St. Lawrence and Franklin counties.
The first section of pipe to receive natural gas runs from Norfolk to North Lawrence. Introducing natural gas to the pipeline first involves removing air in the transmission line. Next the pipeline must be pre-odorized. Since natural gas is odorless on its own, we add an odorant called mercaptan in order for people to be able to detect potential gas leaks by sense of smell. Residents in North Lawrence may notice a flame coming from a vertical pipe near the newly constructed Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas regulator station located near the North Country Dairy plant in North Lawrence.
Residents should not be alarmed as this is part of the pre-odorization process and company crews will be on-site. Energizing this section of the natural gas transmission line is the first step in bringing natural gas service to customers in Brasher, Winthrop and North Lawrence.
This is very exciting news, said James Ward, general manager of Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas. This project has been in the works for many years and we are now ready to begin delivering natural gas to our new customers. Bringing natural gas to this new market area will provide an economic fuel choice to residential, commercial, and industrial customers.
During the start-up process, you may hear a muffled hissing sound and see the flame associated with the pre-odorization process, if you are in close proximity of the North County Dairy plant. These are normal functions that will also be monitored on site continually by company personnel until the process is complete. Additionally, since odorant supplements will be added, you may encounter an occasional odor that is characteristic of natural gas. In the event you smell natural gas or if you have questions concerning this process, please call our 24 hour dispatch number at 1-800-673-3301 so we may address those issues. Remember to provide your name, address and contact number where you can be reached if needed, he added.
After the eight-inch diameter transmission line is energized, workers will start preparing the distribution systems for service. Once the distribution systems are energized the company will leave a yellow door hanger on those homes or businesses that have had a service line installed.
The door hanger will notify customers that they can now call Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas to schedule the installation of a natural gas meter set and have their natural gas service turned on.
Construction continues on the transmission line to the east of North Lawrence. Gas service from North Lawrence to Chateaugay is expected to be available in the near future. For more information, call the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas office at 800-673-3301 or visit its website at www.stlawrencegas.com.