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Yankee Gas Services Company
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
YANKEE GAS TO ASSIST MISSISSIPPI GAS COMPANY
Sandy St. Pierre
BERLIN, Conn., September 19, 2005 (NYSE: NU)
— Crews from Yankee Gas Services Company, Connecticut’s largest natural gas distribution company, are heading south this week to assist a municipal gas company in Waveland, Mississippi, as they recover from Hurricane Katrina. Ten Yankee Gas employees are leaving Tuesday, September 20, with two managers leaving earlier to arrive before the crews, assess the situation and help develop a restoration plan. The Yankee Gas team will be staged in Mobile, Ala. The Yankee crews will work on the Waveland natural gas system that serves 1,000 customers and is shut off at the gate station due to damage caused by the hurricane. The coastal town was devastated by a 25-to-30 foot storm surge that destroyed much of the town and has exposed some underground gas mains and services.
“Without natural gas service, this community has been left without a major source of its revenue and its residents and businesses are left without basic service. We’re ready to help with the recovery in any way we can,” said Yankee Gas Field Operations Director Kevin Dupre. “Our job will be to help them restore natural gas service from the ground up.”
The deployment of crews to Mississippi will not affect operations at home, according to Dupre. “We remain well-staffed to serve the needs of our customers; for them, it will be business as usual.”
It is believed to be the first time that Yankee Gas crews have gone on a mutual aid restoration effort outside of Connecticut. The Yankee Gas crews will bring excavation equipment with them, as well as piping, fittings, meters and regulators. Additionally, specialized equipment that detects underground gas leaks will also be brought. At this time, plans are for Yankee's crews to provide aid in two-week shifts before fresh crews are flown in to continue the restoration work.
Natural gas restoration efforts are much more labor intensive and slower than electric restoration efforts. First, the problem has to be identified — finding the leak or broken equipment that needs to be repaired. Once that occurs, there is typically a house-to-house shut-down of all gas meters. When the repairs are made, the gas mains can then be re-energized and service manually restored, which requires going house-to-house to turn on meters and relight individual gas appliances.
Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas) is Connecticut’s largest natural gas distribution company, delivering safe, reliable natural gas service to approximately 194,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. Yankee Gas is expanding Connecticut’s energy options and increasing customer choice by extending the availability of clean, efficient natural gas throughout the state. Yankee Gas is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit
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