South Dakota-based utility Black Hills Corp. has received go-ahead to build a 35-mile natural gas pipeline to enhance service for 57,000 customers in central Wyoming.
Natural gas subsidiary Black Hills Energy received approval on the $54 million project from the Wyoming Public Service Commission last week. The Natural Bridge Pipeline is expected to be in service by late 2019.
“This pipeline continues our long-term efforts to enhance reliability across our natural gas pipeline system,” said Linn Evans, president and chief operating officer of Black Hills Corp. “The pipeline improves access to supply by providing a connection to the Powder River Basin and ensures Black Hills can cost-effectively meet our customers` long-term needs in the Riverton and Casper areas of Wyoming.”
Black Hills Energy provides electricity and natural gas to 1.2 million customers in eight states, including Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Colorado and Nebraska. The utility plans capital spending of about $1.5 billion on projects through 2020, according to its third-quarter earnings report.
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