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Utilities: Natural gas line gets further study

It will cost $6 million to $7 million to extend natural gas lines along Waccamaw Neck, according to South Carolina Electric and Gas. The investor-owned utility isn’t optimistic that it will take on the project, but a company official told Pawleys Island Mayor Bill Otis it is still under review.

The town asked the utility about the potential for natural gas service in October. SCE&G said it would do a feasibility study for the Waccamaw Neck. A company spokesman said demand from commercial customers would be a critical factor.

Otis said he got a call from the director of gas operations. “He doesn’t hold out much hope,” he said.

The closest gas main serves a portion of Prince Creek in southern Horry County.

“They’re not giving up. They’re doing a more extensive evaluation,” Otis said. “Don’t buy your gas hot water heater yet.”

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