National Grid Begins Upgrade To Natural Gas Delivery System In Brooklyn And Queens

 National Grid Begins Upgrade To Natural Gas Delivery System In Brooklyn And
                                    Queens

Brooklyn/Queens Interconnect Improves Reliability, Safety, Meets Future Energy
Needs

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 22, 2013

NEW YORK, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- National Grid will begin construction
of the Brooklyn/Queens Interconnect project this week,connecting the
company's existing distribution systems in Brooklyn and Queens, which will
ensure reliability and safety, provide additional natural gas and meet future
energy needs for customers. This is the first pipeline to be installed in the
area in 50 years.

National Grid will install 1.6 miles of 26-inch and 12-inch coated steel
pipeline underneath the Rockaway Inlet beginning at Beach 169^th Street in the
Rockaways, parallel to the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, to the
intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Aviation Road in Brooklyn. The pipelines
will be installed in a previously established cable area across the Rockaway
Inlet.

The new 12-inch pipeline will connect National Grid's existing distribution
systems in Brooklyn and Queens, providing a back-feed for both areas and
ensuring adequate natural gas supplies for the Rockaways. The 26-inch
pipeline will connect to the Williams Transco proposed Rockaway Delivery
Lateral Project, which will provide a needed additional natural gas delivery
point for New York City from the existing Transco system. The Williams project
is under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

This project will allow for more conversions to natural gas. Each conversion
is equivalent to taking 15 cars off the road for a year. This additional
capacity will give NYC property owners a lower-cost alternative as they
consider ways to comply with the NYC's Clean Heat Initiative, which National
Grid supports. Economical natural gas is beneficial; heating with gas
currently costs less than half of competing fuels.

National Grid's Brooklyn/Queens Interconnect project was reviewed under the
New York City Environmental Quality Review Act (CEQRA). In December 2011 the
City issued a Negative Declaration, meaning the project would not have an
adverse impact on the environment. The project also has all other required
city, state, and federal approvals.

National Grid and its contractors will use innovative horizontal directional
drilling technology to install the pipelines 50 feet below the seabed of the
Rockaway Inlet. Horizontal directional drilling is a trenchless method of
installing underground facilities using a drilling rig, with minimal impact on
the surrounding area. This portion of the work is expected to be completed in
May and will primarily take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p. m. Monday through
Saturday.

Drilling equipment will be stationed both in the Rockaway and in Brooklyn. In
addition, crews will work off to the side of the road to weld the pipe.
Appropriate safety barriers will be installed to avoid interrupting traffic
flow and to protect the public and crews.

"We are investing heavily in our gas infrastructure to ensure reliability,
safety, and to connect our customers to the energy they need to heat their
homes and run their businesses in the most economic manner," said Ken Daly,
president, National Grid New York. "This project is critical to provide the
additional clean economical natural gas supplies that our customers need; it
supports the regional environmental goals, and it will help the local
community in its ongoing rebuilding efforts."

The Brooklyn/Queens Interconnect project is expected to cost about $83
million. The work will be completed in two phases. The project is scheduled
to be completed in November. Updates will be provided as additional work is
scheduled.

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the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create
new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy
system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid
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customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In
Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is
built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

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Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network
on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA),
and owns over 3,800 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing
power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of
natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million
customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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