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Critical Nicor Gas Pipeline Replacement Work to Proceed, Meeting Customer Demands for Winter Heating Season

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Oct. 11, 2017 – Nicor Gas today announced that it has reached an agreement with CN Railroad to complete a critical pipeline replacement that will ensure the utility can meet the increased demand for natural gas services during the winter heating season. The key existing pipeline segment, which crosses under the CN railroad, serves more than 250,000 natural gas customers in western Cook and eastern DuPage counties.

Nicor is committed to working with the railroad to ensure the safe and timely completion of the pipeline replacement project – a multi-year program to modernize its core pipeline transmission system throughout Illinois. 

“Every customer deserves the peace of mind that their homes will be warm, their businesses will run and their families will be safe this winter,” said Melvin D. Williams, president of Nicor Gas. “This project is one of many meaningful investments we’re making to modernize and improve our gas infrastructure to ensure every customer’s energy needs are met safely and reliably now and well into the future.” 

About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company Gas (NYSE: SO). Nicor Gas serves more than 2.2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit www.nicorgas.com.

About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company.  Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.6 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at www.southerncompanygas.com.

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