FERC works on approving gas pipeline for new Calpine power plant

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is taking comment until Nov. 4 on an environmental assessment (EA) for the White Oak Lateral Project proposed by Eastern Shore Natural Gas, which would serve an in-construction Calpine (NYSE: CPN) power plant.

Eastern Shore said that the project would provide about 55,200 dekatherms of natural gas per day to Calpine Energy Services LP to fuel the Garrison Energy Center, a 309-MW combined cycle power plant under development in Kent County, Del.

Eastern Shore anticipates that construction of the pipeline lateral project would begin in the spring of 2014 and is expected to take approximately six months to complete. The projected in-service date for the project is in the winter of 2014-2015.

The proposed White Oak Lateral Project consists of the following facilities all in Kent County:

  • approximately 5.5 miles of 16-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline;
  • one mainline valve assembly; and
  • one metering and regulating facility.

Calpine in June announced that it had broken ground on the Garrison Energy Center project, being built in the Garrison Oak Technology Park in Dover, Del. Construction is to be completed by the second quarter of 2015. Calpine has indicated that this first 309 MW is an intial phase for Garrison, with a 309-MW second phase in the works.

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