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Green light for Duke Energy’s natural gas pipeline in Ohio

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The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has approved a route for a new natural gas pipeline, to be built by Duke Energy, that will deliver clean natural gas to homes and businesses in southwest Ohio, US.

The approval decision follows a thorough review of Duke Energy’s application, as well as evidentiary and public hearings about the 14-mile natural gas pipeline.

The OPSB concluded that the best route for the Central Corridor distribution pipeline is the proposed western or alternate route, which runs through Sharonville, Sycamore Township, Blue Ash, Evendale, Reading, Amberley Village and Golf Manor.

The ruling noted: "The board…finds that the need for the project has been demonstrated based on the need to retire the aged and outdated propane-air facilities. The record, however, also reflects that the [pipeline] will improve the north/south system supply balance, which we find is further evidence of need.”

The pipeline will connect an existing Duke Energy Ohio pipeline near the intersection of Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties with an existing pipeline owned by the company in the Norwood area.

"The OPSB's certificate to construct this critical infrastructure is an important milestone for the Central Corridor Pipeline, and we thank the board for its thorough review of this project," commented Amy Spiller, president of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. "We look forward to working closely with the communities and neighbours along the pipeline route throughout the construction process to keep them informed while advancing public safety.”

The new 20-inch distribution pipeline will help Duke Energy balance the natural gas supply, improve its infrastructure and enable retirement of propane peaking facilities that are currently used to supplement the local natural gas supply on cold days.

Construction of the pipeline is slated to begin at the northern end of the route in late autumn 2020, and is due for completion by the end of 2021.