We are modernizing our natural gas system by replacing about 55 miles of transmission pipeline in Clinton, Shiawassee, Ingham, Livingston and Washtenaw counties.
The two-phase, $550 million project will replace vintage 20-inch pipeline dating back to the 1940s with new 36-inch pipeline that helps us move natural gas more quickly, safely and efficiently.
Construction is expected to start in 2023 at the latest. Each construction phase must be complete in time for the upcoming heating season.
This work is part of our Natural Gas Delivery Plan, a 10-year road map to a system that is even more safe, reliable, affordable and clean.
Chelsea to Williamston, 30 miles
Williamston to Ovid, 25 miles
Benefits to You
Safety and Reliability
Nothing is more important than protecting our customers and the communities we serve. Installing new, stronger steel pipe improves the integrity of the line, reduces risk, boosts reliability and ensures adequate supply for Michigan homes and businesses. The new, larger line also will enhance the resiliency of our natural gas system and make it easier to conduct more frequent safety tests.
The Mid-Michigan Pipeline is part of a larger strategic commitment to natural gas. We’re uniquely positioned to help you leverage the benefits of natural gas, an affordable, cleaner fuel source.
The project could create hundreds of jobs each construction year. Local and Michigan contractors, goods and services will be used whenever practical.
Caring for Michigan’s Environment
During past projects, we’ve rescued adult turtles and turtle eggs from the right-of-way. The eggs were incubated under the care of a herpetologist, hatched and released back into their habitat.
Before Work Begins
We’ll complete a detailed environmental inventory of the project area — including all wetlands, drains and stream crossings — and will work with applicable federal, state and local agencies to consider all environmental concerns.
This includes identifying and protecting any threatened or endangered species and their habitats.
An environmental inspector is on site daily to ensure best practices and protect wildlife, and a herpetologist will help impacted reptiles such as snakes and turtles.
We’ll use special fencing made of all-natural fiber to prevent erosion without trapping or harming birds, snakes or other animals.
And we’ll use green construction techniques to conserve soil, reduce waste and recycle wood and other materials.
We’ll restore construction areas in an environmentally responsible manner.
On past projects, we’ve used a special pollinator mix to restore wild and wetland areas where new pipeline was buried to create new habitat for butterflies, bees and other pollinators.