Columbia Gas infrastructure upgrades creating employmentWritten by Lisa Renee Ward | | email@example.com
Columbia Gas of Ohio announced March 30, nearly 125 positions will need to be filled as a result of its ongoing pipeline replacement program. Columbia Gas of Ohio is preparing to spend $140 million in 2011 upgrading its natural gas delivery system across Ohio.
In Northwest Ohio, the 2011 anticipated infrastructure investment of $24 million dollars will create approximately 30 positions in our area.
“We have been working hard for more than two years to upgrade our natural gas distribution system with new infrastructure that will enhance safety and drive economic development,” said Columbia Gas of Ohio President Jack Partridge in a release. “As we ramp up our program, we will create more jobs at Columbia, as well as in the communities we serve through the use of contractors and the purchase of other services and materials.”
These new positions are in addition to 125 positions already filled statewide to meet the demands of the increased workload, according to Columbia Gas.
“The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is pleased to see Columbia Gas of Ohio add new jobs as part of the company’s ongoing effort to improve the safety and reliability of natural gas service,” said PUCO Chairman Todd A. Snitchler, in a release. “The infrastructure investments approved by the PUCO will help stimulate the regional economy and ultimately lead to better service for customers.”
Columbia Gas plans to invest a total of $2 billion to upgrade nearly 4,000 miles of natural gas pipeline across its Ohio service territory over the next 25 years. These projects are estimated to have a $3.2 billion dollar economic impact on the state of Ohio.
Job openings include Construction Coordinator, Field Technician, Service Technician, and Field/Service Technician positions.
Those seeking more information or qualified applicants interested in applying for these positions are encouraged to visit www.nisource.jobs.