Gastonia, N.C. (Feb. 11, 2014) – PSNC Energy today announced a cost estimate of approximately $825,000 associated with the natural gas pipeline incident that occurred on Jan. 10 on Sand Hill Road in the Enka-Candler area outside Asheville. This preliminary estimate is expected to change as additional claims are processed.
PSNC Energy officials have determined that mechanical damage to a segment of the 12-inch transmission pipeline occurred during the 2003 installation of a 4-inch plastic natural gas distribution line. That damage caused the Jan. 10 pipeline rupture and resulting fire.
Since the incident, PSNC Energy crews have replaced a 1,000 ft section of the transmission pipeline that runs parallel to the distribution pipeline in the area.
“We appreciate the community’s cooperation and understanding as we performed additional pipeline construction work,” said Ratchford. “We continue to work with our regulators to learn all we can from this situation, and we remain committed to the safety of the public we serve.”