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Student Utility Board learns about FPU’s natural gas operations

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Fayetteville Public Utilities’ Student Utility Board members (from left) Trent Cowan, Mitchell Beverly, Makenna Wicks, Andy Black and Allie Norton tour FPU’s West Point Gate Station with Randall Griner, the utility’s natural gas operations superintendent. Griner explains how natural gas is delivered to the station at a higher pressure and is reduced for distribution to FPU customers.

The Fayetteville Public Utilities Student Utility Board (SUB) learned about the natural gas department during their November meeting.

The day included an overview of what natural gas is and how it is delivered to Fayetteville via pipeline from the well head.

The FPU student board then visited the West Point Gate Station, which is one of the main delivery points for natural gas in the area. They learned about gas pressure, regulator stations and how the gas system is monitored manually and with technology using fiber links to FPU’s SCADA system (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition).

While learning about FPU’s natural gas department, employees also addressed the importance of safety and the “Call Before You Dig” campaign. Notifying Tennessee One-Call at 811 of your plans to dig or excavate is the law. By calling Tennessee One-Call, you will receive a free, professional locate of underground utility lines prior to digging to prevent personal harm and damage to buried utility lines

The FPU Student Utility Board will meet in December to learn about and participate in the utility’s community service projects.