Nov. 8, 2019
Pensacola Energy Celebrates the End of Cast Iron Pipes
To celebrate the completion of a large-scale underground pipeline replacement project that spanned three years of construction and five project areas around downtown, Pensacola Energy held a special ceremony entitled Cast Iron Day at its operation center on Atwood Drive on Friday, Nov. 8.
In September 2019, Pensacola Energy replaced the last of its centuries-old cast iron piping system under Pensacola. To officially say farewell on Friday morning, Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson and Deputy City Administrator Keith Wilkins unveiled a new display memorializing the history of Pensacola’s cast iron piping at a special presentation breakfast for its staff. Cast Iron Day was also held to congratulate and acknowledge the Pensacola Energy staff’s hard work in eliminating and replacing the antiquated piping system.
Cast iron pipe installation began in the late 1800s around Pensacola, primarily for natural gas lighting. Installation continued into the early 1900s until bare steel piping became the norm. By the early 20th century, a total of 88 miles of low-pressure cast iron gas main was installed, supplied by seven regulator stations.
In September of 2016, Pensacola Energy began the first of five project area gas main upgrades in the downtown area. Over the next three years, Pensacola Energy replaced the remaining 80.2 miles of main; 3,527 services; 3,419 residential customers; and 108 commercial customers with new, leak-free, high-pressure service. All upgrades were installed in compliance with the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and completed in September 2019.
Friday’s Cast Iron Day celebration at Pensacola Energy marked the end of an era for Pensacola.