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Southern Reliability Link

  • What is the Southern Reliability Link?

    • The Southern Reliability Link (SRL) is 30-mile transmission pipeline designed to support the safe, reliable distribution of natural gas to NJNG’s customers. It serves as a second major feed into NJNG’s delivery system that enhances resiliency and provides greater supply diversity.
  • Why is it needed?

    • NJNG’s customers in Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth counties are served by one primary, major interstate pipeline that runs through the northern end of its delivery system. The majority of the natural gas that NJNG customers depend on to heat their homes and run their businesses is supplied through this location. Any significant supply interruption or system failure would adversely affect NJNG's customers in Monmouth, Ocean and Burlington counties.

      The SRL provides a major interstate connection into the southern end of NJNG’s system from a different supplier. This second feed is essential to ensuring reliable service and a diversified supply of natural gas for NJNG’s customers in the region.

  • Where does the SRL go?

    • The SRL begins at a new supply point off an interstate pipeline in Chesterfield Township, Burlington County, and continue through North Hanover, Upper Freehold and Plumsted and connect with NJNG’s delivery system in Manchester Township, Ocean County.

  • What benefits will the SRL provide?

    • By reinforcing the supply of natural gas with a second feed from a separate interstate pipeline, the SRL helps mitigate potential customer interruptions; enhances system resiliency; and ensures safe, reliable natural gas service for the region.

      The SRL also serves to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of the natural gas distribution system that serves the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and supports its critical mission.

  • How will you restore the impacted land?

    • NJNG is committed to minimizing the impact to the community and the environment while also ensuring resiliency for our system and reliable service for our customers. After construction, all areas will be fully restored to an existing or better condition.

  • Who will use this natural gas?

    • The SRL supports the delivery of natural gas service to 83 municipalities throughout Monmouth, Ocean and Burlington counties, benefitting over one million people. They, along with the Joint Base, are the primary beneficiaries of SRL and the improved reliability of NJNG’s delivery system.   

  • What is your commitment to safety?

    • The safety of NJNG’s customers and employees and the public at large is our highest priority. NJNG is proud of our strong tradition and record of safe operation. NJNG voluntarily adheres to the highest standards of safety, even when not required to do so. NJNG follows the most stringent federal and state design standards for projects such as this.

      The SRL will be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Remotely controlled valves installed along the pipeline give NJNG the ability to shut down the flow of natural gas, if necessary. Also, NJNG will conduct a leak survey of the entire SRL every year, and perform physical inspections of the full route every month.

      Federal regulations require Emergency Response and Operating and Maintenance Procedures. NJNG periodically reviews and updates emergency plans to keep them current and ensure state, county and local emergency management personnel are familiar with our system. NJNG works closely with emergency responders and local officials in our communities to prevent and prepare for emergencies.

  • Once complete, what do I do if I smell natural gas?

    • Since natural gas has no scent, a strong odorant that smells like rotten eggs is added to help you detect possible leaks. If you smell natural gas, call NJNG at 800-GAS-LEAK (800-427-5325). For your safety, we promptly investigate suspected natural gas leaks 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Is it safe if the SRL is located near my home?

    • Yes. Pipelines, like the SRL, are located near schools, churches, hospitals and residential areas throughout virtually every community in the United States. NJNG has programs in place to monitor and maintain the integrity of our system to ensure the safety of the public.