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Taylor Springs

Reliability Enhancement Project

About the Project

To meet the needs of our customers while strengthening the safety, integrity and reliability of our region's natural gas system, in 2021, Ameren Illinois plans to construct an energy project that will modernize natural gas delivery in the greater Taylor Springs area.

This natural gas infrastructure project, known as the Taylor Springs Reliability Enhancement Project, will eliminate gas transmission pipelines, which have been in service since the 1950s and 60s, and upgrade them with a modernized coated steel pipeline. Ameren Illinois will propose a route for, and design and construct, the new gas line with the goal of minimizing the impact on the community and the environment.


Regulatory Review and Approval

On May 9th, 2018, Ameren Illinois filed a petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) requesting their review and approval of the project. On December 19, 2018, the ICC approved the Taylor Springs Reliability Enhancement Project. Click here to view the approved route.

For more information, visit icc.illinois.gov.
Docket Number: 18-0944


Anticipated Project Timeline

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Contact Us

Have a question for our project team? Feel free to contact us by phone or email.

Project Hotline: 217-207-3153
Email: TaylorSpringsProject@ameren.com


Community Update

Ameren Illinois places a high value on community engagement and customer feedback. In October and November of 2017, the Taylor Springs Reliability Enhancement Project team hosted public open houses where community members were able to learn more about the project, speak with subject matter experts and provide input into the routing process. The public was also able to participate in the ICC's review of the project and submit comments to the Commission for consideration.


Frequently Asked Questions


A right-of-way easement will give Ameren Illinois the right to use another’s land for a specific, limited purpose of installing and maintaining the natural gas facilities being installed. It does not grant ownership of the land to Ameren Illinois. Representatives of Ameren Illinois will contact landowners to negotiate the purchase of an easement so that the pipeline can cross their land.  

Ameren Illinois will be requesting a permanent right-of-way easement that is 50 feet in width along the length of the new transmission pipeline. A permanent right-of-way easement 100-feet by 200-feet in width will be requested at the pressure/flow control station location. The Company will require an approximate 20-feet by 20-feet in width site for an above-grade valve station. Ameren Illinois will also require a permanent right-of-way easement 30-feet in width along the length of the new 6-inch steel pipeline. Additional 100-feet by 200-feet temporary right-of-way easements will be requested at the pipeline’s origin and terminus points. Additional temporary right-of-way easements may be requested for construction purposes.
Ameren Illinois will manage construction to avoid service disruptions.
The approximately 4.5 miles of 12-inch diameter steel pipe will be installed along the south and east sides of Taylor Springs. The associated pressure/flow control station and valve station facilities will be installed along the pipeline route both north and south of the Taylor Springs area. Please refer to the route map located on this webpage for additional information regarding the potential locations for project facilities.
The purpose of the Taylor Springs Reliability Enhancement Project is to modernize and strengthen the safety, integrity and reliability of Ameren Illinois’ natural gas system, and to enhance operational flexibility to meet our customer’s needs.
  • The existing Ameren Illinois natural gas transmission pipeline between Taylor Springs, Illinois and Staunton, Illinois, known as TR 38, is 1950's and 1960's vintage 8-inch pipe with legacy construction. 
  • The Company has begun to replace the existing TR 38 pipeline with new 12-inch steel pipe as a transmission integrity management measure under its Transmission Integrity Management Plan, as required by U.S. Department of Transportation – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations. 
  • The new 12-inch pipe is being installed in existing easements with only minor adjustments. However, a portion of TR 38 in the Taylor Springs area diagonally crosses an abandoned zinc smelter property that has been designated as an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) superfund site. 
  • The EPA recommends ground disturbance be avoided within the superfund site and that the new pipeline be rerouted around the site. 

Accordingly, Ameren Illinois will do the following: 
  • Install 4.5 miles of new 12-inch diameter steel pipe from a point south of the superfund site, east along the south side of Taylor Springs, and then north along the east side of Taylor Springs to an existing 12-inch steel pipe. The new pipe will connect to TR 29 (Taylor Springs) and TR 40 (Hillsboro Storage) along this route. These plans are illustrated on the proposed route map, found here.
  • Build associated facilities, including installation of a new pressure/flow control station south of Taylor Springs, pipeline inspection launching/receiving facilities, a regulator station, a valve station near Route 185, and a new 6-inch steel pipe connecting the regulator station and valve station.

The Taylor Springs area pipeline will be modernized through the installation of the new pipe and associated facilities. These new gas facilities will ensure continued safe and reliable operation of the natural gas system, and provide enhanced operational flexibility.

Ameren Illinois is applying the highest safety standards as it upgrades the natural gas delivery system throughout its 43,700 square-mile territory. The Taylor Springs area pipeline will be modernized through the installation of new pipe and associated facilities; replacing pipe that is half-a-century-old.
Yes. Ameren Illinois hosted two public open houses in October and November of 2017 and presented educational materials to the public. Subject matter experts were available to speak with the public to better understand their needs and concerns. The information gathered was incorporated into the routing study and used to determine the proposed routes submitted to the ICC for review.
On December 19, 2018, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the project. The ICC regulatory review process took into account the routing study, which reflected public input.

Ameren Illinois will send information packets to landowners with whom they wish to negotiate the purchase of an easement. Those packets will include a letter which notifies the landowner of Ameren Illinois’ desire to purchase an easement, a right of entry form for surveying the land, a Statement of Information from the ICC, and a map of the approved route.

Two weeks after the notification letters and additional information has been sent, Ameren Illinois representatives will reach out to each landowner individually and work to schedule a time to meet one-on-one and discuss the project and the easement process.

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