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Safe, reliable and resilient infrastructure is the foundation of our ability to keep homes warm and businesses running for our over half a million New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) customers throughout New Jersey. In July 2014, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities granted approval of NJNG’s New Jersey Reinvestment in System Enhancements (NJ RISE) Program, a five-year, $102.5 million infrastructure investment.  

The storm hardening and mitigation projects under NJ RISE will help minimize the impacts of extreme weather events such as the unprecedented damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, improve NJNG’s service disruption response and strengthen its natural gas distribution system. In addition, NJ RISE supports New Jersey’s directive for improved energy resiliency and preparedness.

NJ RISE is comprised of the following six projects:

Sea Bright Reinforcement

This project will install a secondary natural gas distribution main to the upper portion of the Sea Bright Peninsula from the mainland distribution system in Rumson, Monmouth County. This includes an approximate 1,200-foot, directionally drilled 12-inch main crossing under the Shrewsbury River in the vicinity of Rumson Road, and the necessary mainland system improvements from the river crossing heading west toward Bingham Avenue.

Current Status: Under Construction
Estimated Completion Date: Mid-2017

North Seaside Reinforcement

A secondary natural gas distribution main will be installed to the upper portion of the Seaside Peninsula in Mantoloking, from the mainland distribution system in Brick Township, Ocean County. The project includes an approximate 3,300-foot, directionally drilled 12-inch main crossing under the Barnegat Bay between Beaton Road and Arnold Street.

Storm hardening upgrades to the primary regulator station located in the Mantoloking Shores area of Brick Township will take place, and the existing backup regulator station, currently in Mantoloking, will be relocated to the mainland. These projects will help mitigate flooding and access issues and reduce the impact from serious weather effects on pressure control and communications equipment.

Current Status: Permitting
Estimated Completion Date: Late 2017

South Seaside Reinforcement

The southern portion of the Seaside Peninsula will receive a secondary natural gas distribution main from the mainland system in Berkeley Township, Ocean County. The project includes the installation of an approximate 9,000-foot, directionally drilled 12-inch main crossing under the Barnegat Bay from Bayview Avenue in Berkeley into Seaside Park near Third Avenue. Additionally, improvements to the mainland and peninsula distribution systems will be completed.

Current Status: Permitting
Estimated Completion Date: Late 2018

Long Beach Island Reinforcement

This project provides a secondary natural gas distribution main to the southern portion of Long Beach Island from the mainland distribution system on Dock Road in Eagleswood Township. This includes the installation of an approximate 14,000-foot, directionally drilled 12-inch main crossing under the Barnegat Bay into the Beach Haven Park section of Long Beach Township near Alabama Avenue (99th Street). Additionally, improvements will be made to the mainland distribution system from the bay crossing heading west toward Route 9, as well as to the distribution system on the island.
                       
Current Status: Design
Estimated Completion Date: Early 2019

Ship Bottom Station Reinforcement

Under this project, the existing distribution regulator station located in Ship Bottom Township on Long Beach Island will be reconstructed to help mitigate the impact of flooding and other significant weather events on the station’s pressure control and communications equipment.

Current Status: Pending Construction
Estimated Completion Date: Mid-2017

Installation of Excess Flow Valves in Storm Affected Areas

Through this project, approximately 30,000 excess flow valves (EFVs) will be installed on residential natural gas services in the coastal communities of our service territory that may be impacted from flooding and/or storm surge. These EFVs restrict the flow of natural gas when there is a change in pressure on the service line, improving safety and reducing the need to potentially curtail service should a catastrophic event such as Superstorm Sandy occur. In general, all new residential homes with natural gas service (installed or replaced) since the mid-1990’s include an EFV. For addtional information read our EFV FAQs.

Current Status: Installations in progress
Estimated Completion Date: Through 2019


If you have any questions about these projects, please send us an e-mail.

 
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