TECO Peoples Gas sends crews to Port St. Lucie to help restore gas service
Florida City Gas restoring service after car accident damaged a gate station
TAMPA, May 12, 2015
TECO Peoples Gas is sending about 35 people to Port St. Lucie in South Florida to help Florida City Gas (FCG) restore natural gas service after a car accident knocked out service to thousands of customers.
On Sunday, a vehicle accident damaged a gate station in Port St. Lucie. The damage was so severe that FCG had to cut gas service to about 6,500 customers in the area. Repairs are ongoing. Restoration is expected to begin Wednesday and will take several days.
This afternoon, 33 utility technicians and three supervisors from Peoples Gas will travel to South Florida from the Tampa Bay area, the Daytona area and as far away as Panama City in the Panhandle. They are prepared to stay for four days to help restore service.
Peoples Gas is a member of the Southern Gas Association, a network of natural gas utilities who pledge mutual assistance in case of storm or other emergency. Crews supporting the restoration efforts of other utilities are paid by the host utility.
Peoples Gas System, Florida’s largest natural gas distribution utility, is part of the TECO Energy family of companies. Peoples Gas serves more than 350,000 customers across Florida. TECO Energy Inc.(NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company with regulated electric and gas utilities in Florida and New Mexico: Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas System and New Mexico Gas Co.Other TECO Energy subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal-production facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.