Today we marked the completion of a $75 million upgrade to our White Pigeon Compressor Station in St. Joseph County, Michigan with a dedication ceremony. It was a great event that recognizes this facility as the main gateway for natural gas delivery to Michigan. About 65 percent of all the natural gas delivered last year to our 1.7 million natural gas customers was received and processed through this facility.
The recently completed White Pigeon Plant 3 is now the largest compressor station on Consumers Energy’s gas system. The plant replaces existing gas compressor equipment with an average age of more than 40 years. The plant’s new engines have lower emissions and are more fuel-efficient than the previous units. Approximately 140 Consumers Energy employees and contractors worked on the project during construction, completing the plant in 16 months.
White Pigeon Plant 3’s four high-speed compressor engines have the capacity to pump 800 million cubic feet of natural gas a day. The four new natural gas-fueled compressor engines have a combined capacity of approximately 16,500 horsepower.
Natural gas interstate pipelines originating in the southern and western United States join together near the White Pigeon compressor station. At that facility, gas flow is monitored and managed by Consumers Energy system controllers in Jackson and White Pigeon.
The White Pigeon project is part our $6 billion Michigan investment plan over the next five years to serve Consumers Energy’s natural gas and electric customers.