The Tradeport East Business Center in Midway soon will receive a high-pressure gas line thanks to a $46 million expansion of Atlanta Gas Light’s Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement program.
The line — nearly 10 miles long and 8 inches in diameter — will enhance the business center’s services and make it more appealing to potential clients.
Funding for the program’s second phase was approved by the Public Service Commission last December.
Started in 2009, the STRIDE program is part of a 10-year system-reinforcement plan to “improve our ability to meet customers’ need for natural gas,” according to the Atlanta Gas Light website.
The plan’s first phase “improved capacity and pressure in the heart of Atlanta and Riverdale,” along with other Atlanta-area counties, according to the website.
The second phase involves the installation of pipelines and other facilities in high-growth counties across the state, including Liberty.
“We are pleased to hear that our project has been approved and is the first slated for construction,” Liberty County Development Authority CEO Ron Tolley said. “We feel this utility expansion will make us more competitive in attracting industrial jobs and investments.”
Carmen Cole, the LCDA’s director of administration and finance, said construction is slated to begin in late September/early October and should be completed before the end of the year.