New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) has received approval from the Board of Public Utilities to develop the Southern Reliability Link (SRL) to support the safe, reliable, resilient distribution of natural gas to its customers. The SRL will provide a major interstate connection between NJNG’s distribution system that serves customers in Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth counties and the interstate pipeline system adjacent to the New Jersey Turnpike. By reinforcing the supply of natural gas with a feed from a separate interstate supplier into the southern end of NJNG’s system, the SRL will help mitigate potential customer interruptions, enhance system resiliency and ensure safe, reliable natural gas service for the region.
The SRL will also strengthen the reliability and resiliency of the natural gas distribution system that serves the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Joint Base) and supports its critical mission. Additionally, the SRL will allow the Joint Base to access natural gas in locations closer to its facilities, thereby making it more economical. This creates opportunities for the Joint Base to install equipment that is more efficient and reduce operating expenses with low-cost natural gas.
Furthermore, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission periodically reviews existing military bases to determine their current viability, as well as future sustainability to accomplish the military’s mission. Natural gas is a cost effective infrastructure to underpin the current operations of the Joint Base. A transmission line within a military base is a unique feature, which provides the basis to support growth for future operations. The SRL would be a favorable infrastructure foundation to allow the Joint Base to grow.