Laurens Commission on Public Works Receives $5M Grant to Replace Pipelines

June 19, 2023

Laurens Commission on Public Works (LCPW) recently received a grant award of $5,083,760.00 from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). LCPW was one of two utilities in the state to receive the funds which will be used to replace aging natural gas lines.

PHMSA received 179 applications for the Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety Modernization (NGDISM) grant program, established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The 179 applicants, from around the country, requested a total of $1.2 billion in grant funds with 37 grants, totaling a historic $196 million, being awarded across 19 states.

“This new grant program helps improve public safety, protect public health, create jobs, and reduce methane emissions from natural gas distribution pipelines,” said General Manager John Young. “We are very pleased to be among the organizations selected to receive the grant funds.”

The areas scheduled for the work include locations in the City of Laurens, a location along one of the main pipelines leading to Laurens, and at the connection with the Transco Interstate pipeline slightly north of Fountain Inn.

The projects should begin in the Fall of this year. The grant allows 5 years to complete the projects, but we are anticipating that our projects will be completed in 3 years.

Photo: Gas Line Funding Representative Demond Smith presents award check to CPW Commission Chair Parker Moore, General Manager John Young and Laurens Mayor Nathan Senn.