More than $30 million in federal funding has been directed to 10 different research projects aimed at developing advanced natural gas transmission pipeline retrofitting technology to rehabilitate existing cast iron and bare steel pipes in the United States, the Department of Energy (DOE) said.

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To keep pace with the growing domestic gas industry, DOE’s Under Secretary Mark Menezes said, “It is imperative we modernize and build out infrastructure to safely and efficiently bring this product to market.”

The DOE announced the $33 million in funding as part of its Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement program. Program director Lane Genatowski said selected research teams “will develop technology that enables gas utilities to update their distribution...