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As of: 11:32 AM, 7/23/21

South Oakland Macomb Network

Modernizing Michigan’s Energy Infrastructure

Consumers Energy is improving safety and reliability for customers by upgrading its natural gas infrastructure in Oakland and Macomb counties.

The South Oakland Macomb Network project is a four-phase, $200 million effort to replace natural gas pipeline and infrastructure dating to the 1940s.

The program, a series of about 15 projects slated to run through 2022, is part of a larger strategic commitment outlined in our 10-year Natural Gas Delivery Plan. The upgrades will benefit more than 1.8 million homes and businesses we serve throughout Lower Michigan.

We appreciate your patience as we work safely and efficiently to complete this project.



Caring for Michigan's Environment


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Consumers Energy is working carefully to protect the environment and local wildlife. We have completed 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. These efforts include identifying and protecting any threatened or endangered species. Environmental inspectors are on site daily during construction. During the first phase of construction in 2019, our environmental team helped save red foxes near the project. Read the story here.

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We use special fencing made of all-natural fiber to prevent erosion without trapping or harming birds, snakes or other animals. And we are restoring construction areas in an environmentally responsible manner by using a special pollinator mix in areas where new pipeline was buried to create new habitat for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Learn more here.

Projects Scheduled for 2021


  • Retiring about 13 miles of the Line 3100 pipeline in Oakland County.
  • Installing just over 1 mile of 16-inch pipeline along 14-Mile Road in Macomb County.
  • Installing less than 1 mile of 12-inch pipeline on 14-Mile Road crossing Groesbeck Highway in Macomb County.
  • Installing just over 3 miles of 12-inch pipeline along Middlebelt Road Oakland County.
  • Rebuilding the Pontiac Adams, Walled Lake, Plymouth city gates in Oakland County and the Utica city gate in Macomb County.

Project Benefits


  • Upgrading our infrastructure will help us move more natural gas quickly, safely and efficiently.
  • The upgrades will help us meet growing demand for natural gas in Oakland and Macomb counties, so you will have access to the reliable energy you need to heat your homes and businesses.
  • The program will benefit local economies along and near the pipeline route.

Preparation such as surveying and securing easements is underway for future work. Each phase of construction is scheduled to be complete in the fall prior to the heating season.

  • You will not experience service interruptions as a result of these upgrades.
  • We’re committed to creating an open line of communication with the community. We welcome your comments and questions.
  • Whenever possible, the installation of the pipelines will be located in road right-of-way and within private landowner easements.


  • The new natural gas pipeline we’ll install is inherently superior to the pipe we’ll remove due to significant technological improvements since the 1940s.
  • When construction work begins, about 20 crews with different responsibilities will coordinate to remove the old line and install new pipe.
  • We are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade our natural gas infrastructure to benefit the over 1.8 million homes and businesses we serve throughout Lower Michigan.
  • The daunting logistical project requires planning and teamwork across our company, and coordination with local communities.
  • The $200 million project will create hundreds of jobs during each year of construction.
  • The upgrades we’re performing will help move us keep gas flowing safely and efficiently to Michigan homes and businesses.
  • The South Oakland Macomb Network project is part of our Natural Gas Delivery Plan, a 10-year plan to modernize Michigan’s natural gas system.

Learn More

Public:  800-731-2257

Media:
  586-918-0597

Email:  somn@cmsenergy.com

To Report Security Incidents:
  800-760-3295