Pipeline project expected to bring hundreds to the Pekin area

By WEEK Producer

June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. – The city of Pekin is preparing to reap the economic benefits of an energy company pipeline project.

Enbridge Energy plans to construct nearly 600 miles of crude oil petroleum pipelines from Flanagan, Illinois to Oklahoma. The new pipeline will be built along an existing one which skirts the southeast edge of Pekin.

"We've received a lot of phone calls, have provided a lot of information to Enbridge to pass along to the contractors for housing, hospital information, regarding our schools, daycare,” said Economic Development Coordinator Leigh Ann Matthews.

Matthews says more than 500 contractors and Enbridge employees will be involved in the work, which could take up to two years. She says many of them, and their families, will move to the Pekin area during that time.

That means extra sales revenue for hotels and restaurants where they will eat and live.

"Well I think it’s great for the whole Tazewell County area,” said Bill Griffin of Concorde Inn & Suites. “I'm sure there have been other large projects but I have not seen that number of people that are coming in that need accommodations."

Pekin city officials say Enbridge Energy will lease a building inside the Riverway Business Park for office space.

They are also using 40 acres in the business park as a set up location for the pipeline work.

Enbridge Energy officials were not available for comment. Work on the pipeline project is expected to start in August.

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