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|DTE Energy upgrades 2,000 miles of natural gas infrastructure|
Over the last five years, DTE,
"When you buy a car or truck, you maintain it to get the most of your investment. The same is true of our natural gas infrastructure that's served our customers very well," Stiers explained. "We diligently monitor and maintain our delivery system and make repairs when necessary. At some point, however, we need to replace sections of our system to ensure the reliable and cost effective delivery of energy to homes and businesses every day."
In 2017, DTE's gas utility increased the pace of equipment upgrades statewide by installing:
Through other system improvement programs this year, the company upgraded
Because of this work, today more than 1,100 potential customers now have access to natural gas from main pipeline extensions in areas near
"These infrastructure investments not only keep natural gas delivery reliable, they are also beneficial to local economies," said Stiers. "Overall, the effort employs more than 300 people - either directly by DTE or though
While DTE employees have conducted this work, they earned the
State of the art systems constantly monitor DTE Gas Infrastructure
From a modern control room, DTE gas controllers analyze a constant flow of data 24/7/365 from more than 4,500 points along the system. Changes in pressure and other information are transmitted from pipeline sensors to computers and telemetry equipment in the control room that display the information to the controllers.
Should the need arise, within minutes, controllers can close any of the more than 140 remote-control valves to shut the flow of gas at key locations in the pipeline system.
DTE also performs routine inspections inside major pipeline sections, using a self-contained electronic device. This device emits a strong magnetic field to detect anomalies inside the pipe and is pushed through the gas system while recording detailed data about the condition of the line. Above the system, aerial surveys are conducted twice a month of the company's 2,200 miles of transmission lines.
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