Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, Feb. 28

Natural gas pipeline extension continues in Kayenta

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

KAYENTA-Construction crews from the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority are close to completing Phase I of a natural gas line extension project in Kayenta.

Once Phase I is complete, it will set the stage to allow community and Kayenta township customers the option of receiving natural gas to homes and businesses.

The project has been 10 years in the planning, including an extensive and comprehensive right-of-way acquisition. The anticipated completion date for Phase One is set for June 2007.

"This is another milestone project for NTUA. However, more importantly, it's another extension of our obligation to provide safe and reliable services to customers," said Kenneth L. Craig, NTUA interim general manager. "This whole project is about giving customers a safe and lower cost fuel option. They will have that choice once this project is complete."

Natural gas line construction crews have spent the past three months placing the four-inch. $400,000 plus, four-and-a-half mile gas pipeline within community limits.

The project started in early February and continued weekly despite cold weather surges, which often created cold and muddy conditions. According to Nathaniel Redhouse, a certified welder who works with the NTUA Chinle District, despite the challenging weather progress has continued daily to keep the project on course.

The Kayenta natural gas line project is divided into four phases. Phase I is in the mid-section of the community. Phase II is in the northern residential area, Phase III is in the western residential area, and Phase IV is in the proposed hospital area.

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