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DTE Energy Co. will spend $1.4 billion over the next five years to upgrade its natural gas pipeline infrastructure.

The Detroit-based utility said investments by DTE Gas will help maintain the natural gas system’s safety and reliability.

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Plans call for modernizing cast iron and steel main pipelines with newer, more-durable material. New service lines to homes and businesses will also end up installed. Crews this year are on track to replace more than 100 miles of gas main lines, up from 80 miles in 2015.

Older natural gas meters will also move from inside homes and businesses to outside and end up replaced with advanced meters.

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Upgrades also will occur at compressor stations to ensure reliability and delivery.

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