GAS PIPELINE MAINTENANCE – LOUD NOISE MAY BE HEARD
The City of Lakeland will be purging approximately 7 miles of natural gas pipeline so that a qualified gas pipeline contractor can install a new valve. The venting process will take place on December 3, 2013 at 3200 Old Polk City Road. There could be a very loud high pitched noise that may last up to one hour as the system is purged.
When pipeline segments are taken out of service for maintenance purposes, it is standard practice to depressurize the pipeline and vent the system. An inert gas (nitrogen) is used to purge any residual natural gas contained within the pipeline to make it safe for the maintenance work to occur.
After the new valve is installed, natural gas will be allowed to flow back into the pipeline at the McIntosh Power Plant located at 3030 East Lake Parker Drive.
The recharging of the natural gas pipeline is scheduled to occur between December the 4-6 depending on how the work progresses. When the inert gas is purged there will be a loud high pitched noise once again at 3200 Old Polk City Road.