FERC issues enviro review on Rockies Express expansion project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 24 issued an environmental assessment from its staff on a major project to add new capacity for natural gas moving into Midwest markets.

On June 10, Rockies Express Pipeline LLC applied for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to cover modifications to: four existing compressor stations; four existing delivery interconnects; and over pressure protection additions to two existing delivery interconnects in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. These facilities are collectively referred to as the Zone 3 East-to-West Project.

The project would enable bi-directional flow capability within Rockies Express Zone 3, thereby allowing the existing 42-inch-diameter Rockies Express Pipeline to offer an additional 1,200 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/day) of east-to-west transportation of Appalachian Basin gas production to Midwestern gas markets.

Construction is anticipated to commence in January 2015. Simultaneous construction would occur at all sites with an expected duration of three months to complete all proposed construction. The anticipated in-service date is June 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.