Fayetteville Public Utilities’ (FPU) Student Utility Board spent the day learning about FPU’s natural gas operations during their November meeting.
Gas Operations Superintendent Randall Griner gave the students an overview of what natural gas is and how it is delivered to Fayetteville via pipeline from the well head.
Griner also talked with them about 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.
“It’s amazing to me to learn that the network of natural gas pipelines are connected from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to Maine,” said SUB member Tucker Lucas.
The student utility board continued their experience by visiting the West Point Gate Station, which is one of the main delivery points for natural gas in Lincoln County. Students also learned about gas pressure, regulator stations and how FPU’s gas system is monitored both manually and with technology using fiber links to FPU’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
“The SUB members are learning more and more about our operations each time they meet. It’s important for them, as future leaders and members of the community, to learn how FPU operates,” said FPU CEO and General Manager Britt Dye.
“I did not know a lot about natural gas before today; I am learning so much,” said SUB member, Rylee Campbell.
The FPU Student Utility Board’s December meeting focused on the utility’s community service projects.