The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 18 granted a certificate for the Leidy Southeast Project, a $607m natural gas pipeline installation in Pennsylvania.
In September 2013, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco) filed an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct and operate its proposed Leidy Southeast Project. Transco also requested authorization to abandon a compressor engine at its Compressor Station 517 in Columbia County, Pennsylvania.
The Leidy Project will expand Transco’s existing pipeline system capacity, enabling Transco to provide firm transportation service for an additional 525,000 dekatherms (Dth) per day from the existing Grugan Interconnect on Transco’s Leidy Line in Clinton County, Pa., and the existing MARC I Interconnect in Lycoming County, Pa., to various delivery points on Transco’s Mainline as far south as Transco’s existing Station 85 Zone 4 and 4A Pooling Points in Choctaw County, Alabama. As part of the project Transco proposes to construct and operate a total of approximately 29.97 miles of new 42-inch-diameter pipeline loop.
Transco held an open season for its Leidy Project from April 16, 2012, through July 13, 2012, offering up to 525,000 Dth per day of incremental year-round firm transportation service. Transco has executed binding precedent agreements for the full 525,000 Dth per day of year-round firm transportation service using the capacity to be created by the Leidy Project.
Transco estimates the proposed project will cost approximately $607m and has developed a new incremental rate under its Rate Schedule FT for firm service using the capacity created by the project facilities.