- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Consumers Energy says it’s spending more than $150 million this year to strengthen and expand its natural gas system in Michigan.

The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says Thursday the work is part of its ongoing plan to ensure safe, reliable service. It says it’s hired an additional 450 employees over the past two years who are dedicated to a significant portion of the work.

Upgrades are to portions of Consumers Energy’s 29,000 miles of distribution and transmission gas pipelines that serve 1.7 million natural gas customers in Michigan. The $82 million enhanced infrastructure program includes 59 projects to replace 88 miles of pipeline.

Those projects are in addition to more than $68 million that Consumers Energy will spend this year on expansions and improvements.




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