Transco urges quick FERC approval of gas line for CPV plant

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco) on July 16 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a prompt approval on its Woodbridge Delivery Lateral Project, which is needed to serve an in-construction power plant in New Jersey.

Transco filed the certificate application on this project in November 2013. This project is a new delivery lateral that will extend about 2.4 miles from a point of interconnection with Transco’s mainline in Middlesex County, N.J., to the Woodbridge Energy Center, a generating station currently being developed by CPV Shore LLC in Woodbridge in Middlesex County.

“Construction of the interconnection between Transco’s mainline and the Woodbridge Delivery Lateral will require an outage on a critical portion of Transco’s mainline,” the pipeline company noted. “Due to permitting requirements, unless issuance of the Commission order is imminent, Transco is concerned that it will not be able to complete construction of the interconnection prior to the beginning of the 2014-2015 winter heating season. An inability to complete construction of the interconnection by the start of the winter heating season will heighten the potential for an interruption of firm transportation service on that part of Transco’s system.”

FERC on March 5 had gone out for comment on an environmental assessment covering this natural gas pipeline needed for the 725-MW Woodbridge Energy Center. The Woodbridge Delivery Lateral Project would provide up to provide 264,000 dekatherms per day of new natural gas delivery capacity to the new power plant. To meet CPV’s needs, Transco is proposing to place the pipeline project in service by April 1, 2015.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.