We are currently constructing the Black Dog Natural Gas Pipeline. The project includes approximately 2.2 miles of new, 16-inch diameter natural gas pipeline between the Northern Natural Gas Company's Cedar Station in Eagan, Minn. and the Xcel Energy Black Dog Generating Plant in Burnsville, Minn.
This project will address the need for new natural gas supply to the Black Dog Generating Plant. As a separate project, the Black Dog Generating Plant is currently undergoing a conversion from using coal-fired electric generators to gas-fired electric generators.
Permitting for the project began in the fall of 2016 and construction began in April of 2017. The project encountered difficulties with the boring operations and made modifications to the plans, seeking permitting amendments from the Public Utilities Commission. The new alignment of the pipe followed the transmission corridor just north of the railroad tracks and then followed the access road to the Black Dog Generating Plant.
The pipeline installation is complete and construction is approximately 90 percent complete. The pipeline is currently undergoing testing and will be operational before May 2018. Final restoration and seed and turf maintenance will continue through the spring and summer. We understand the impacts to the community and are working as quickly and as safely as possible to complete the project,
Construction activities are currently occurring in the following areas:
Public safety is at the foundation of all we do.
As we construct, operate, and maintain our natural gas system, safety is our number one priority. The safety of the public and our employees influences every decision we make, from project inception to completion.
In order to protect the safety of the public, the park along the construction zone will be closed. For your safety, please stay away from the construction site at all times.
For additional natural gas safety information, please visit our Natural Gas Safety page.
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