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Chesapeake Utilities (CPK)

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Beth Cooper SVP, CFO & Assistant Secretary
Mike McMasters President & CEO
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Operator

Good morning. My name is Chris, and I'll be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Chesapeake Utilities Third Quarter 2018 Earnings Call. [Operator Instructions] Thank you. Beth Cooper, you may begin your conference.

Beth Cooper

everyone. morning Good for conference you Utilities quarter third And joining earnings call. XXXX thank Chesapeake all the We us you of appreciate taking this time morning. join to office members joining We're Dover, President today and today's call well from Management McMasters, Silver hosting as Team. as other live is Mike Delaware, our on me Lake and CEO; the of call our in

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Mike McMasters

mainline new two turning spend the Beth. had essentially margin the XX projects Slide to I history increased million we’re looping upgraded compressor at million investment PESCO annual the to X,XXX $XX.X talk pressure stations going Shore this XX,XXX control project well. XXXX largest to pressure XX Thanks capacity Maryland two is $XX.X guess capital and for about and of for dekatherms. years miles XX Eastern We've Capital spend new loss million and project of in in our Pennsylvania, the with in Estimated County. XXXX we the as thereafter. years also Delaware. the $XXX Sussex we five stations, through first for Yes year with Total interconnect compression about $XXX first spaces date. control extension

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for but The County, County but six subject filing to is required pressure the miles the mainline Somerset We’ve XXXX Turning that County, to pipeline capital with process we facilities capital of and develop we really Sussex Somerset million. million Estimated awarding delivery in the the the State Sussex margin of approval participating - There to County control Delaware stations, application basically pieces the in ongoing permitting. dependent the Pathway we’ve filed Maryland Delaware to on generate new $X.X on miles Maryland expected leading Maryland. - Delaware, bid to County, Somerset FERC Del-Mar had $X.X Slide one and September XX contract, are in to is million obtained we all County, get at XX, spends for $X.X for by margin the next XXXX. the we made the is continue and a candidate of the County. pipeline Energy project Note The and of stations with annual Project Sussex to FERC and this in investment Somerset Maryland that contract. $XX.X of extension project’s second two steps is is is the we new got of successfully our the XX first of underway. the bidding occur process for FERC the million of certificate looping one

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Operator

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Mike McMasters

Thank thank you your very our continued company. of support much. Well for everyone you

drive and identify good We increase our are very for shareholder returns. your day. Good attention. you effort to to much and - growth continuing night our our opportunities Thank

Operator

today's call. concludes conference This

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