PHMSA Approval Needed to Restart Texas Eastern Pipeline

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a corrective action order last week to Enbridge Inc., on its Texas Eastern pipeline in Kentucky that was damaged in a blast on Aug. 1. The company has to perform several tasks before the regulator will allow any flows through the blast site, near Danville, Kentucky.

Enbridge said in a release on Friday it was “working diligently to comply with the requirements identified by the PHMSA, and to return to service two adjacent natural gas pipelines near the incident site that were taken out of service as a precautionary safety measure.”

Texas Eastern pipeline system includes three lines, Lines 10, 15 and 25, between its Danville and Tompkinsville compressors in Kentucky that make up its 30-inch system. According to PHMSA, despite the fact that the blast occurred on Line 15, Enbridge could not restart Lines 10 and 25 without further investigation, as the blast might have also damaged Lines 10 and 25.

Enbridge must uncover and inspect parts of the lines and perform mechanical and metallurgical testing, among other things, before restarting gas flows through the blast site, PHMSA said. The blast killed one person, injured at least six other people, destroyed multiple structures and caused a fire that damaged about 30 acres.

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reuters

Enbridge Requests Putting More of TEAL NatGas Pipe Into Service

Enbridge on Wednesday, filed with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to put the remaining part of its Texas Eastern Appalachian Lease (TEAL) Phase 1 natural gas pipeline in Ohio into service.

Enbridge expects to have the request for the last part of the $200 million project approved by Oct. 30.

The facilities Enbridge is seeking to put into service include close to 4.4 miles of new 36-inch pipe and other equipment.

The Teal project is one of several pipelines designed to connect the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio with customers in other parts of the U.S. and Canada.

Enbridge put part of TEAL into service on Oct. 9.

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Reuters

Spectra Expects to Spend Nearly $100 Million on Corrective Actions After Pipeline Blast

APRIL 29, 2016 NATURAL GAS EXPLOSION IN SALEM TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA -- PHOTO FROM ABC NEWS

APRIL 29, 2016 NATURAL GAS EXPLOSION IN SALEM TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA -- PHOTO FROM ABC NEWS

Spectra Energy expects to spend approximately $75 to $100 million to inspect and repair its natural gas pipeline system in Salem Township, Pennsylvania following a gas explosion back in April of this year.

A section of Spectra Energy’s Texas Eastern pipeline failed on April 29, 2016 and resulted in an explosion that left a 12-foot deep, 1500-square-foot hole and burned 40 acres of land. The incident also severely burned a man and disrupted natural gas service to the northeastern U.S.

Spectra’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President John Patrick Reddy said the company is working closely with PHMSA to take corrective actions. He told investors that Spectra expects to have the line completely back to its required standards by November 1 in order to meet customer obligations for the winter season.

Earlier last month, PHMSA released an Amended Corrective Action Order to Spectra Energy requesting additional corrective actions regarding the Texas Eastern pipeline, saying that other lines in Salem Township potentially have been damaged or adversely affected by the explosion.

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NPR - State Impact