FERC Approval Requested for Leidy South Project

Transco interstate pipeline, operated by Williams has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking authorization for its Leidy South project. The proposed project will connect robust supplies of natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica producing regions in Pennsylvania with markets along the Atlantic Seaboard.

“The Leidy South project will allow Williams to continue to grow our strategic footprint in the gas-rich Marcellus region, creating a unique opportunity to expand Transco by leveraging recent expansions on Williams’ Northeast Gathering & Processing assets in Pennsylvania,” said Micheal Dunn, chief operating officer of Williams.

The project will also expand Transco’s firm transportation capacity by 582400 dekatherms per day from the Leidy Hub and Zick interconnect to points downstream in Transco’s Zone 5 and Zone 6 market areas. The project is expected to cost $531 million and a target in-service of 1st December, 2021.

By maximizing the use of existing Transco pipeline infrastructure and rights of way in Pennsylvania, the project is designed to minimize environmental impacts which includes 6.3 miles of existing pipe replacement, 5.9 miles of new pipeline loop segments along the existing Transco pipeline corridor, and horsepower additions at two existing compressor facilities. Two new Greenfield compressor facilities in Pennsylvania is also planned for this project.


252 Mile Pipeline Proposed by Port Arthur LNG

Port Arthur LNG proposed the 252-mile Port Arthur Pipeline Louisiana Connector Extension Project that will include approximately a 48-inch diameter pipeline stretching from near Port Arthur, Texas, to Delhi, Louisiana, in Richland Parish.

According to Port Authur LNG, here will be two compressor stations, one in Richland Parish and another one in Allen Parish. The company held a meeting Wednesday night in south Louisiana for those who may be impacted by the proposed pipeline.

“We’re in the very early stages. All of these projects are regulated by the federal energy regulatory commission. Part of that process involves reaching out to the public, giving them the opportunity to come and learn about our project, to see if the project may or may not affect them, personally, directly," Jim Thompson, environmental project manager, said.

The process to even start construction on the project is still a few years out as Thompson said “We expect to file our application in February of 2020 and receive approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in early 2021. The pipeline, however, won’t start construction until 2022."

Once the construction starts, the company is estimating that it will only take six to nine months to complete the pipeline, pending Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approvals.


NJ Joins NY in Rejecting the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project

New Jersey rejected the plans for Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project to move more natural gas to New York City by the winter of 2020-2021, Kallanish Energy reports.

A similar decision was taken last month by New York regulators. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has denied the water-quality certification needed by Williams for the project.

The agency said the project could “adversely impact surface water quality.” Williams is planning to resubmit the application. They have also refiled the permit application to New York regulators and is pending.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project includes 10 miles of pipeline loops in Pennsylvania, three in New Jersey, 23 miles offshore in New Jersey and New York, a new compressor station in New Jersey and additional horsepower at an existing compressor station in Pennsylvania.

The project is being developed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., a Williams’ subsidiary and in New York, the pipeline would stretch under New York Bay to the Queens area of New York City.

National Grid, the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeast U.S said the project is crucial because pipeline capacity to New York is at capacity and natural gas demand in the New York City region is projected to grow by 10% in the next 10 years.


Open Season Announced for CJ Express Pipeline Expansion

In order to finalize the CJ Express pipeline expansion project, Midcoast Energy, LLC has announced a binding open season that will run through 17 May 2019 and expects to expeditiously complete negotiations with additional shippers.

The company has already entered into commercial agreements with an anchor shipper and one of the leading producers in the Haynesville for this project. The pipeline will include up to 107 miles of 36 inch pipeline and a 39,000 horse power compressor station.

The pipeline is expected to provide incremental delivery capacity for up to 1.0 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas produced in the Haynesville into premium demand markets along the US Gulf Coast markets.

The company expects the expansion project to have an in-service date in early 2021. CJ Express will connect Midcoast's existing pipeline assets in San Augustine County, Texas, and growing production in the Carthage and Shelby Trough area of the Haynesville Shale, to Midcoast's Clarity pipeline near Silsbee, Texas.


$3.2B Appalachian Natural Gas Pipeline Gets Approval from FERC

U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the full in-service of the Mountaineer XPress, a 170-mile natural gas pipeline project in West Virginia, TransCanada said on Friday.

The pipeline will increase natural gas capacity by 2.7 billion cubic feet per day. Together with related infrastructure such as new compressor stations and modifications to existing compressor stations, it will represent a total investment of US$3.2 billion. This will help link the Appalachian basin’s natural gas supplies and growing markets in the U.S. and beyond.

The approval of the full in-service of Mountaineer XPress will allow TransCanada to start partial in-service of its Gulf XPress Project, a network of seven new compressor stations in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi, which will significantly increase the reach of low-cost, U.S.-produced natural gas from the Appalachian Basin.

“Mountaineer XPress and Gulf XPress are extremely important to TransCanada as they provide much-needed takeaway capacity for our customers, while also growing our extensive footprint in the Appalachian Basin,” TransCanada President and CEO Russ Girling said.


Atlantic Coast Pipeline is Granted Another Permit in North Carolina, Needs One More

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline cleared another regulatory hurdle on Tuesday after it received an air quality permit from the state of North Carolina, bringing the 600-mile natural gas pipeline one step closer to receiving all of its necessary permits.

The Department of Environmental Quality granted the developers of the project with an air quality permit for a Northampton County compressor station, saying station emissions would be within acceptable thresholds.

A compressor station uses pressure to push gas down the pipe to final destinations.

Developers of the project are still awaiting a state stormwater permit from North Carolina.

The 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is designed to carry natural gas from West Virginia into North Carolina. Its lead developer is Dominion Energy with partners Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and Southern Company Gas.

The Washington Post

County Board Approves Plans for Compressor Station Along Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The Buckingham County Board of Supervisors in Buckingham County, Virginia on Thursday approved the construction of a natural gas compressor station along the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline headed by Dominion.

After a five-hour public hearing, the board approved the project that had been under discussion by the board for about two years while the board did research on potential effects the compressor station could have on health or noise levels.

At the hearing 95 residents signed up to speak, most of whom were against the compressor station and wanted the board to deny Dominion the permit for construction. Opponents argued the station would cause pollution, unwanted noise levels, and safety hazards.

The discussed compressor station would be one of three that would maintain the pressure in the pipeline that is proposed to travel 600 miles from West Virginia through Virginia to North Carolina.

The station for the $5.1 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline is still awaiting a state air permit, and the pipeline is still awaiting approval from federal regulators.

See the high-level map of the proposed pipeline route here.

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Houston Chronicle

Dominion Responds to Public Concerns Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline

About 150 protestors gathered in Buckingham County, Virginia on Monday to raise concerns about Dominion’s proposal to construct a compressor station that would pump natural gas through its Atlantic Coast pipeline in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

Protestors spoke up at a public hearing in the county on Monday to discuss their concerns about possible compressor and pipeline leaks, pollution, explosions, and even noise levels of the proposed compressor station.

A spokesman for Dominion, Aaron Ruby, told the public that the company would be required to receive air quality permits which would keep emissions below regulatory limits. He also reminded the public that Virginia houses four large-diameter underground natural gas pipelines that run through Buckingham County and have operated safely for decades, adding detailed information about how the company regulates its pipelines 24/7.

In response to the noise concerns, Ruby noted that the compressor station will be required to stay at or below 55 decibels, which is roughly the same level of normal outside activity.

Due to the large showing of protestors, Buckingham County’s planning commission is extending its public hearing to October 17.

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