Gas line testing to close roadways overnight October 8
St. Petersburg, Fla. (September 14, 2018) – The Florida Gas Transmission Company will conduct a hydrostatic test of its 10-inch diameter natural gas pipeline through Pinellas County (and parts of St. Petersburg) in the early morning hours of Monday, October 8, 2018.
This federally mandated testing of the pipeline is a standard industry best practice using water under pressure to confirm the safety and reliability of the system.
Before the test begins, all natural gas is removed from the system. System valves will be shut off and customers will use up the natural gas in the system, starting approximately one week before the test. After safely venting off any residual remaining natural gas, the pipeline will be filled with water to begin the hydrostatic pressure test. During the test, natural gas service will be maintained on a separate Florida Gas Transmission pipeline, so customers can maintain their normal use, uninterrupted.
During the test itself, there will be a number of road and lane closures along the pipeline route. Closures will take place primarily along SR 694 (Gandy Boulevard) and US 19.
The test will take place one night with preparations beginning late Sunday night, October 7th and continuing from midnight to 4 a.m. October 8th If the test does not pass the first night, a second night of testing will be necessary.
For further information and details about the testing process and road closures, link to http://www.fgthydrotest.com/pinellas-index.html.