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Elizabethtown Gas Company Proposes Five-Year Infrastructure Investment Program

UNION, N.J. – Oct. 31, 2018 – Elizabethtown Gas Company, a subsidiary of SJI(NYSE:SJI),filed a proposal with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to implement a $518 million, five-year infrastructure investment program(IIP)to replace and retire approximately 309 miles of main and replace approximately 41,000 services. The proposed IIP includes replacing vintage cast iron and bare steel mains and services, as well as ductile iron, copper and vintage plastic mains and services, some of which are more than 100 years old. The proposed IIP will also upgrade low-pressure systems to elevated pressure, accommodating high-efficiency appliances and newer technologies such as natural gas generators. The proposed IIP also includes the installation of excess flow valves and house regulators on each service line, further reinforcing the safety of our system.

"We are committed to providing our 292,000 customers with safe, reliable, affordable natural gas service, and the modernization of our infrastructure reinforces that commitment," said Brian MacLean, President, Elizabethtown Gas Company. "The proposed IIP enhances our long-term system reliability and ensures that we safely meet our customers' growing needs well into the future."

In addition to providing increased reliability and safety, the proposed IIP will support approximately 650 full-time jobs per year, according to a Rutgers University Study. Another benefit of the proposal will be the reduction of methane emissions. Customers will not be impacted by an immediate rate change, as a result of this program.

Over the last decade, in partnership with the NJBPU, Elizabethtown Gas Company has safely replaced infrastructure at an unprecedented rate, investing more than $560M in its system. To date, Elizabethtown Gas Company replaced 460 miles of main and renewed 45,000 services. With this approved IIP, over the next five years and beyond, the utility expects to complete the replacement of all bare steel and cast-iron mains within its system.
 
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About Elizabethtown Gas

Elizabethtown Gas, subsidiary of SJI (NYSE: SJI), delivers safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to approximately 292,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in parts of Union, Middlesex, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Mercer counties. For three years in a row, Elizabethtown Gas has ranked highest in customer satisfaction for residential gas service among east midsize utilities by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit elizabethtowngas.com.

About SJI

SJI (NYSE: SJI), an energy services holding company based in Folsom, NJ, delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas service to approximately 681,000 customers in New Jersey and Maryland through its three regulated natural gas utilities - South Jersey Gas, Elizabethtown Gas and Elkton Gas. SJI’s non-utility businesses within South Jersey Energy Solutions promote efficiency, clean technology and renewable energy by providing customized wholesale commodity marketing and fuel management services; acquiring and marketing natural gas and electricity for retail customers; and developing, owning and operating on-site energy production facilities. SJI Midstream houses the company’s interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project. Visit sjindustries.com for more information about SJI and its subsidiaries.

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