Monday, January 12, 2015

Project Update

January 12, 2015 –  KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections, continues clearing and excavation of the right of way along the route of the South Loop Natural Gas Pipeline Project. Clearing has taken place from Topside Road to I. C. King Park in the southern part of the work area, and crews have moved to the north end of the project zone and begun clearing from the University of Tennessee property south. Pipe has also been delivered to the project site, and this week (the week of January 12), crews will begin connecting sections of pipe above ground in preparation for installation along the right of way.

South Loop Natural Gas Pipeline Project progress photos: 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Project Update

December 22, 2014 Update  – KUB’s contractor, Southeast Connections, began vegetation clearing activities at Topside Road on December 15, 2014, and is progressing northward along the pipeline right-of-way. Approximately 5000 feet of right-of-way has been cleared and had erosion control measures installed. Clearing activities will extend into late February or early March. The contractor plans to begin laying pipe in mid January, which will follow the same path as clearing, beginning at Topside Road and progressing northward.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Project Update

November 26, 2014 Update - KUB and its contractor, Southeastern Connections, are scheduled to begin a project to install six miles of natural gas pipeline between the University of Tennessee golf practice facility at 2614 Osprey Vista Way and the KUB Topside Road Natural Gas Gate Station at 3715 Topside Road on Monday, December 1, 2014. Initial stages of this project will begin with vegetation pruning and clearance in the right-of-way, followed by installation of the pipeline. All work will be completed in reasonable segments so that the entire project length will not be impacted at the same time. 

This project will provide a portion of the connecting pipeline that will allow the University of Tennessee to convert its coal-fired steam plant to natural gas by late 2015. This plant conversion will remove the second largest source of airborne pollution in East Tennessee, and will be the equivalent of taking 7,000 passenger vehicles off the road each day. Additionally, this pipeline will improve the overall reliability of KUB’s natural gas distribution system, and allow for future natural gas demands. 

This is the second phase in the overall project. The first phase, which included pipeline installation across a two-mile span from the UT golf practice facility to the Fulton Bottoms area near the UT campus, has been completed. Phase three, which will span the final two miles of the project from a new natural gas regulating station at Metron Way to the UT Steam Plant, will begin upon completion of phase two. Construction on phase two is scheduled for completion by June 2015.

Construction methods will include conventional trenching, boring, and directional drilling. Some weekend work may be required to meet project milestone dates.

KUB will post regular updates throughout the project on its website at, and on the KUB Facebook page. Customers can send their e-mail address to (please reference South Loop in the subject line) to receive updates on the project.

Customers can also call 558-2331 after normal business hours to leave a message that will be followed-up with a call from a KUB representative by the end of the next business day.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Project Update

April 1, 2014 Update - KUB has surveyed approximately 85 percent of the preliminary pipeline corridor. Easement negotiations will start in April, with construction tentatively scheduled to begin in July or August 2014.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Project Update

December 11, 2013 Update - KUB hosted a community meeting on December 9, 2013 at Sevier Heights Baptist Church to discuss the South Loop Natural Gas Main Project and gather customer input. Representatives from several KUB departments were available at the meeting to answer questions one-on-one following a brief presentation about the scope of the project. The next steps will involve surveying and design of the final route, beginning in late December/early January. Regular updates will be posted on the website and this blog as this project progresses.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Project Update

December 6, 2013 -
South Loop Natural Gas Main Project Community Meeting Announcement.

Meeting Date: Monday, December 9, 2013

Meeting Time: 6 p.m.
Meeting Location: Sevier Heights Baptist Church/Apex Room (3232 Alcoa Highway)

Meeting Topic: Discussion and customer input in preparation for a major KUB utility construction project in the South Knoxville area east of Alcoa Highway. This project will involve the installation of a high-pressure underground steel pipeline along a 10-mile corridor between the University of Tennessee Campus and the KUB Topside Road Natural Gas Gate Station. This meeting will start with a brief presentation outlining the scope of the project and the construction process. Following the presentation, KUB representatives will be available to talk with customers one-on-one regarding their specific concerns. Construction is expected to begin in summer of 2014. The project is expected to be completed within a year.
KUB has designated two Customer Support representatives as the primary points of contact for the duration of the project. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but you would like to speak with someone about the project, contact via the numbers below [Available weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.]:

Matt Reagan Office: 558-2463; Cell: 386-5676

Brian Craft Office: 558-2508; Cell: 659-7264

Customers can call 558-2331 at any time for information on this project. If the call is made after normal business hours, customers can leave a recorded message that will be responded to by the next business day.