In total, we’ll be replacing 78 miles of pipeline with 94.4 miles of newly installed pipeline. Our work will begin with an
18.5-mile stretch in southern Saginaw and northern Genesee counties:
||Clio city gate (CG) to Evon Road valve site
||Evon Road to Zilwaukee CG
||Clio CG to Grand Blanc CG
||Grand Blanc CG to Wardlow Road valve site (VS)
||Wardlow Road VS 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.
Construction on phase 1 of the project in southern Saginaw and northern Genesee counties is expected to start in May 2017.
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.