Always On: Day in the Life of a Consumers Energy Senior Project Manager

For Jim Sunday, there is no average day as a Consumers Energy Senior Project Manager I. Rain or shine, Jim enjoys his exciting job regulating the Southwest Michigan 1200B Natural Gas Pipeline. This project focuses on constructing 24 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline, part of an investment Consumers Energy made to improve the reliability of its natural gas infrastructure.

The line will run northeast through St. Joseph and Branch counties. This project completes a 90-mile dual gas transmission pipeline corridor, increasing system reliability for our 1.7 million natural gas customers. 

The project involves five main phases:

– Land clearing

– Welding

– Trench excavating

– Pipeline installation

– Backfilling

Why Consumers Energy Invests in Natural Gas Pipeline

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, pipelines are the safest, most reliable and cost effective means of transporting energy products over long distances. Inspecting, assessing and replacing the natural gas pipelines provide many benefits for customers such as:

  • Safety

After the new 1200B pipe is completed, we will be able to perform routine safety inspections on either of its parallel pipelines—while keeping the gas flowing.

  • Reliability

Transporting larger volumes of natural gas will not only encourage economic growth in Michigan, but it will protect our customers from price spikes.

  • Value

Customers can save money by purchasing natural gas during the summer when prices are lower and storing it until it’s needed in the winter.

More information on the Southwest Michigan Pipeline Project.

VIDEO: featuring Jim Sunday as a Senior Project Manager I at Consumers Energy.