READING, Pa. -

UGI Utilities will spend more than $85 million in fiscal year 2014 to replace natural gas mains and complete a variety of system enhancement projects, the Reading-based company announced Wednesday.

"Safety is always UGI's first priority," said Hans Bell, UGI vice president of engineering. "These infrastructure projects continue our commitment to ensure our system provides safe, reliable service for our customers, and for the many communities we serve."

UGI will replace contemporary materials, such as high density plastic or cathodically protected steel, to replace approximately 65 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains in the Greater Reading area.

Key projects that will replace at least one-quarter mile of gas mains are:

Reading:

  • 400 block of South 9th Street
  • 1400 block of North 6th Street

Mount Penn:

  • 2600-2700 blocks of Cumberland Avenue
  • 300-600 blocks of Butter Lane

Exeter Township:

  • 4200 block of St. Lawrence Avenue

 

The company will also undertake a number of other projects, including pressure reinforcements to improve system reliability, service line and meter replacements and regulator station work.

UGI is in the early stages of a $1.2 billion commitment to replace all pipelines made of non-contemporary material within a 30-year period. More than 85 percent of UGI's 12,000 miles of gas pipelines are already constructed of contemporary materials.