TECO Peoples Gas invests more than $130 million a year to keep our natural gas system safe and reliable for our customers throughout Florida. This includes $12.5 million annually on a 10-year program that began in 2013 to replace our 100 miles of cast iron and 354 miles of bare steel mains. At that time, the older pipe comprised about 3.8 percent of our 12,000 miles of distribution mains – all buried underground. Since January 2013, we have replaced 210 miles of pipe.
Cast iron and bare steel pipes were widely installed throughout the country for distribution of natural gas until the 1970s. Current standards call for pipe made of polyethylene or coated steel, which resists corrosion.
Peoples Gas has been proactively replacing older pipes as well as problematic plastic (Aldyl A) pipe for more than a decade. Most of the work on our system will be done in the public rights-of-way and in front of residential properties. Any excavation will have minimal impact on the roads by using trenchless technology like directional drilling. Upon completion, disturbed areas will be restored to pre-project condition or better. All work is done at no expense to homeowners or local government.
To see how upgrades are done to minimize impacts on our customers, watch this video about pipeline replacement in a typical neighborhood. To see where we are working, check out the maps in the menu to the right.