Pensacola Energy Celebrates the End of Cast Iron Pipes
Cast iron pipe installation began in the late 1800s around Pensacola, primarily for natural gas lighting. Installation continued into the early 1900s until bare steel piping became the norm. By the early 20th century, a total of 88 miles of low-pressure cast iron gas main was installed, supplied by seven regulator stations.
In September of 2016, Pensacola Energy began the first of five project area gas main upgrades in the downtown area. Over the next three years, Pensacola Energy replaced the remaining 80.2 miles of main; 3,527 services; 3,419 residential customers; and 108 commercial customers with new, leak-free, high-pressure service. All upgrades were installed in compliance with the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and completed in September 2019.
Friday’s Cast Iron Day celebration at Pensacola Energy marked the end of an era for Pensacola.
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Owned and operated by the City of Pensacola, Pensacola Energy is a clean, green energy provider, supplying residents and businesses in Escambia County (except Pensacola Beach and Century) with earth-friendly, energy-efficient natural gas.