We’re investing hundreds of millions of dollars to modernize our natural gas system and improve safety and reliability for you. The Saginaw Trail Pipeline is a four-phase, $610 million project that’s part of a larger strategic commitment to the energy future of Michigan.
This important project will replace vintage 12- and 16-inch pipeline dating back to the 1940s with new 24-inch pipeline.
New pipe will help us move natural gas more quickly, safely and efficiently.
It could create as many as 450 jobs each year.
Michigan contractors, goods and services will be used whenever practical.
Construction started in 2017 and is expected to finish in 2021. You will not experience service interruptions as a result of this project.
Our crews are committed to leaving it better than we found it. The finished pipeline will be safely buried and quietly deliver clean natural gas to customers.
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 $610 million project will create as many as 450 jobs during each year of construction.
We’ve purchased 50 miles of American-made, 24-inch steel pipe manufactured by the Stupp Corporation in Baton Rouge, La.
The transmission pipes measure 80 feet long and weigh up to 10,000 pounds.
We transported the pipe to Michigan by rail before trucking it to our pipeyard.
A lead hand with our delivery contractor examines the pipe before construction.
The pipes are inspected at several stages prior to construction, including when they are delivered to the pipeyard.
Our 80-acre campus in Thetford Township near Flint will serve as home base for the project for the next five years.
In total, we’ll be replacing 78 miles of pipeline with 94.4 miles of newly installed pipeline.
Phase 1 - Completed
Clio city gate (CG) to Evon Road valve site
Evon Road to Zilwaukee CG
Clio CG to Grand Blanc CG
Grand Blanc CG to Clawson Control
Crews of union skilled trades workers from Consumers Energy and Welded Construction plan to remove old pipe along the Saginaw Trail Pipeline route and installing a new, larger pipeline.
While the pipeline travels primarily through rural agricultural areas, it will be rerouted around two large urban areas of Saginaw and Flint.
In addition to replacing pipe, we’ll also rebuild city gate facilities, which reduce the pressure of natural gas flow to transport it safely through smaller distribution pipelines to farms, homes and businesses.
Each construction phase must be complete in time for the upcoming heating season. This requires world-class performance.
The first phase of the project was completed in 2017. Construction on the second phase, which reroutes the pipeline away from a more urban area in Saginaw, is slated to start in spring 2018. We're also laying the groundwork for future phases — including a reroute in the Flint area in 2019 — by surveying and securing easements and permits.
We’re also laying the groundwork for the second and third phases of the project, which will reroute the pipeline away from urban areas in Saginaw and Flint, respectively. That work, which includes surveying and securing easements and permits is scheduled to begin in 2018 and 2019. Work on phases 4 and 5 is scheduled to begin in 2020 and 2021.
Working Together for Safer Communities
Because we are committed to being a good neighbor, we’re communicating clearly with communities in the project area. Whenever practical, the pipeline will follow existing easements.
Our construction teams will follow best practices such as:
Burying pipeline at least three feet deep in all areas.
Burying pipeline four feet deep in agricultural areas.
Locating all drain tiles on impacted farmland and, when necessary, repairing damaged tiles due to our construction.
Consumers Energy will provide fair compensation for crop damage to impacted landowners.
Caring for Michigan's Environment
Consumers Energy is working carefully to protect the environment and local wildlife.
We’ve 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 such as bats and their habitats. An environmental inspector will be on-site daily during construction, and a herpetologist will help reptiles such as snakes and turtles that may be impacted.
Saginaw Trail Pipeyard
Our 80-acre campus in Thetford Township near Flint will serve as home base for the project for the next five years. The site has a field office, ample room for materials and equipment, and easy crew access to the entire project area. We’re happy to be part of the local community and look forward to a positive working relationship.
You’re on Your Way to Our Old Site
We’re still working on this part of the site. In the meantime, we’re sending you back to the old site. Check back soon for updates!