Repairs to natural gas main have been completed; equipment currently undergoing safety tests
Utility personnel must gain access to homes and businesses to turn gas back on
BALTIMORE, Nov. 9, 2011 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that it expects to begin restoring natural gas service to approximately 900 customers in Locust Point later today, following Monday’s natural gas main break on East Fort Ave. On Tuesday, the utility successfully restored natural gas service to nearly all of the 102 customers on the west side of East Fort Ave. by connecting those customers to a different main. BGE will continue attempting to reach the remaining handful of customers on this side of the street to restore service. In order to restore service to all remaining customers, BGE must access their homes and businesses. More than 200 BGE, contract and out-of-state personnel are actively engaged in the restoration process.
“While repairs to the 12-inch, low-pressure gas main have been completed, a series of tests must be conducted before the main can be placed back in service,” said Jeannette M. Mills, senior vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “This process is expected to take several hours, but BGE will begin restoring natural gas service to the remaining customers just as soon as this process is completed, which we expect to be later today. It is important that customers call BGE to schedule restoration if they are not home or in their businesses when BGE arrives to restore service. In these instances, BGE will leave door hangers with information on how to schedule restoration.”
BGE is receiving mutual assistance from neighboring utilities including Delmarva Power, Orange and Rockland, PECO, Philadelphia Gas Works, New Jersey Natural Gas and Washington Gas Light. These external crews are assisting BGE with the door-to-door restoration process.
While this work is ongoing, there may be a slight odor of gas in the community. However, BGE personnel will remain on scene for the duration of this event to ensure the safety of its customers and employees. Customers who smell gas should leave the premises immediately and then call BGE at 1-800-685-0123.
BGE, www.bge.com, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 640,000 natural gas customers in Central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,000 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Constellation Energy, www.constellation.com, a FORTUNE 500 company also headquartered in Baltimore, with subsidiaries that generate, sell and provide other energy-related services to customers throughout North America.