Consumers Energy Breaks Ground on New Natural Gas Training Facility in Flint
"Flint Gas City is a breakthrough initiative that directly impacts our goal to provide world-class performance and deliver hometown service," said
Developed in partnership with the
"The development of this learning center in conjunction with the
The training center will feature learning environments designed specifically for the natural gas industry, including a command center where instructors will create and control various training scenarios, such as gas leak simulations, service hook-ups, utility locating, leak detection and corrosion monitoring.
Construction is expected to be complete in winter 2022.
"This new state-of-the-art training center will build on our safety culture and commitment by providing an immersive experience with the equipment, scenarios and environments our natural gas workers deal with every day," said
Once complete, the 1.4-acre complex will also include:
- A mock neighborhood of mini-homes and businesses with functioning pipelines, meters and other natural gas facilities
- An outdoor space for practicing heavy equipment use in a safe, controlled environment
- A controlled outdoor area to practice fighting natural gas fires
In addition, the company will partner with local first responders to coordinate natural gas safety training opportunities for emergency responders.
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