MINNEAPOLIS – June 13, 2016 – CenterPoint Energy will perform planned pipeline inspection work on a natural gas pipeline located near Tahpah Park in Shakopee, June 20 through June 30. While the testing will not pose a threat to the public, a flame may be visible at intermittent times and a roaring noise may be heard throughout the process. The majority of the work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. however; this time frame could be extended to complete particular tests.
"Safety is our number one priority and we are making every effort to reduce any inconvenience to area residents and businesses," said Tod Norgren, construction manager for CenterPoint Energy. "We don't expect natural gas service to be interrupted nor do we anticipate any traffic disruptions. Our crews will be closely monitoring the entire project area."
The inspection device records data on the condition of the pipeline and ensures it is compliant with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline Integrity Program and the Office of Pipeline Safety.
"We have notified local emergency responders and appreciate their cooperation," added Norgren.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.