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MLGW to perform gas maintenance involving mercaptan
April 2, 2019
Public may smell a sulfuric odor this morning

An MLGW gas inspector/contractor will be performing maintenance on a 12 inch landfill main in the area of Lamar north of Holmes Road. This planned work will require gas to be vented into the atmosphere to purge the gas main. This routine work will begin this morning and will last throughout the day.

Customers in the surrounding areas may smell mercaptan in the air. Mercaptan is the chemical odorant that MLGW adds to natural gas to give it the rotten egg/sulfur smell so it can be easily detected. This work involving mercaptan is part of MLGW’s routine maintenance, and does not pose a threat to those in close proximity of the work locations. 
 

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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