Transco does environmental review of pipeline for Md. power project

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC on April 4 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a preliminary draft environmental assessment on its planned pipeline to serve Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s 1,000-MW Wildcat Point power plant in Maryland.

Transco is seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity authorizing the construction and operation of a pipeline lateral from Transco’s Mainline Systems “A” and “B” in Lancaster County, Pa., to the proposed Wildcat Point Generating Facility in Cecil County Md., a new electric compressor station at the terminus of the lateral, and appurtenant facilities.

Transco would also modify piping and valves at its existing Compressor Station 200 in Chester County, Pa. The proposed pipeline project is referred to as the Rock Springs Expansion Project.

The Wildcat Point power plant is an expansion of Old Dominion’s existing Rock Springs power plant. The pipeline project would allow Transco to provide 192,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day (dt/day) to the Wildcat Point plant for power generation. Old Dominion would add reliability and diversity of supply to its customers in the region by having access to the Transco interstate natural gas transmission system and the liquidity of supply at Transco’s 210 Market Pool.

This environmental assessment will be used by the commission in its decision-making process.

Transco plans to start construction in May 2015 at the compressor stations and in August 2015 on the pipeline so it can place the facilities into service by Aug. 1, 2016.

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