Installation began Monday of the new 12-inch, high-pressure pipeline that will funnel natural gas to Penn State’s West Campus steam plant.
Early work will take place on sections of pipe on Porter Road, near the university’s swine research center, and on Park Avenue, near the Arboretum. If the Park Avenue work doesn’t finish around Bigler Road by Oct. 11, it will stop temporarily for Penn State’s homecoming activities, which run Saturday through Oct. 12.
The new pipeline and gas service is part of the university’s conversion of the West Campus plant from coal to natural gas, helping Penn State meet new federal air-quality guidelines that take effect at the beginning of 2016. The entire conversion is expected to cost $66.5 million.