Pipeline project extends into 2020
A gas pipeline installation project will affect parts of Callahan for nearly a year.
Connection services for residential, industrial and commercial customers should be available as early as September 2020.
The project began about nine weeks ago along State Road 200 in Callahan and stretches toward Yulee. Sections of U.S. 301 toward Crawford Road will also be impacted before its completion.
“The Callahan Intrastate Pipeline facilities include a 26.5-mile joint natural gas pipeline that will initiate from a gate station to be constructed on the Southern Natural Gas Cypress Interstate Pipeline near Crawford Road in Callahan to Radio Avenue and (U.S.) 17 in Yulee. Peninsula Pipeline will construct, partially own and fully maintain the pipeline,” according to a press release from Chesapeake Utilities Corporation.
The $65 million installation is a joint effort between Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and TECO Peoples Gas, with the two entities splitting costs. “Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s Florida subsidiary, Peninsula Pipeline Company, Inc., has entered into an agreement with SeaCoast Gas Transmission, an affiliate of Tampa-based TECO Peoples Gas, to jointly develop the Callahan Intrastate Pipeline,” according to the press release.
A majority of the pipeline is within the Florida Department of Transportation’s rights-of-way and a small portion is in the county’s rights-of-way.
“It was not necessary for the gas company to acquire easements,” according to Justin Mulcahy, public relations manager for Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. “The vast majority of the pipeline will be in rights-of-way. A few easements were acquired from corporations and each of those was negotiated individually.”
The new pipeline will enable Florida Public Utilities and TECO Peoples Gas to provide services to customers in Nassau and Duval counties.
“The project will increase Chesapeake’s footprint in under-served communities in Northeast Florida while providing additional capacity to serve industrial and commercial growth in Nassau County,” noted Kevin Webber, president of the company’s Florida business unit, which includes FPU.
Converting to natural gas is voluntary.
“Homeowners can keep their propane provider if they choose and will have the option to convert from propane to natural gas shortly after the line is active,” Mulcahy wrote.
“The goal of the project is to increase the availability of natural gas in Nassau and Duval counties,” he added. “Expanding access to safe, reliable and clean natural gas plays an important role in the continuing economic development of the Northeast Florida region.”
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