Consumers Energy Southwest Michigan Pipeline Starts Operations

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Consumers Energy is celebrating with landowners, contractors and employees involved in the successful 24-mile Southwest Michigan 1200B Pipeline project, which began commercial operation Sept. 18.

The pipeline runs 24 miles through St. Joseph and Branch counties and completes a 90-mile dual gas transmission pipeline corridor, which increases value, reliability and safety for Consumers Energy’s 1.7 million natural gas customers.

It allows Consumers Energy the ability to transport larger volumes of natural gas to help its customers benefit from the affordable, abundant and clean fuel source. The pipeline also allows the energy company to keep the gas flowing during routine inspections on either of the parallel pipelines.

The $120 million project created about 300 jobs and generated an additional approximately $25 million in direct and indirect wages over the course of construction.