Mary Green Brush
Public Affairs Coordinator
Santee, S.C., May 24, 2004 - South Carolina Electric & Gas Company officials and leaders from the Town of Santee gathered Monday, May 24 for a ceremonial "turning of the valve" bringing natural gas to the Town of Santee.
SCE&G has completed construction of a 17-mile, six-inch steel high-pressure natural gas pipeline from Holly Hill, S.C. to serve Santee. Construction of the gas distribution system inside the town is now being completed.
Santee Mayor Silas Seabrooks said, "We are very excited about the expansion of natural gas to our community. The Town of Santee has reached another milestone in its infrastructure development. The availability of natural gas is an important benefit to our citizens and businesses and should attract additional businesses, jobs and investment well into the 21st century."
SCE&G Vice President of Gas Operations Marty Phalen said, "This pipeline will bring natural gas to a number of businesses in the area and will serve as an economic development catalyst for Santee. Town officials and the local business community have been extremely helpful in the process of providing natural gas to this new market. We are working closely with businesses to install service."
SCE&G is the largest subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations, telecommunications and other energy-related businesses. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company's website at www.scana.com.