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MLGW to perform maintenance involving mercaptan
October 29, 2018

Public may smell a sulfuric odor at some point today 

MLGW crews will be performing maintenance on a gas main in the area of Navy Rd. and Raleigh Millington Rd.  This planned work will require some natural gas to be vented into the atmosphere to purge the line.  This routine work will occur today.

This controlled, temporary release of natural gas is not a result of any type of system failure and does not pose a threat to those in close proximity of the work location.

The public in the surrounding areas may smell the mercaptan in the air.  This is the chemical odorant that MLGW adds to natural gas to give it the rotten egg/sulfur smell so it can be easily detected. Depending on the wind/weather conditions, residents and businesses in various areas could smell this strong, gas odor during the day today. 

MLGW is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 431,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County.
 

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