The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 18 approved a March 11 application from Texas Eastern Transmission LP for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct and operate 65 feet of 20-inch-diameter pipeline and meter and chromatograph facilities, and make minor modifications to existing compressor station facilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.
This called the Uniontown to Gas City Project (U2GC Project)). The U2GC Project is designed to provide 425,000 dekatherms (Dth) per day of firm pipeline capacity from receipt points near Texas Eastern’s existing Uniontown Compressor Station in southwestern Pennsylvania to an interconnection with Panhandle Eastern PipeLine Co. LP’s system near Gas City, Indiana.
Texas Eastern states that the modifications necessary to provide for bi-directional flow capabilities consist of minor piping and valve modifications and unit control changes. Texas Eastern said that no changes in rated horsepower at compressor stations, additional compressor engines, or other drivers are required.
Texas Eastern asserted that, with the exception of the proposed 65-foot-long, 20-inch-diameter crossover pipeline, all work for the U2GC Project will occur within the fence line of the existing developed compressor station sites in areas that have been previously disturbed by construction and on-going operations.
Texas Eastern conducted an open season for the U2GC Project from July 2 through July 31, 2012, which resulted in the execution of a precedent agreement with one shipper. Subsequently, Texas Eastern held a supplemental open season for the U2GC Project from August 15 to August 26, 2013. Following the supplemental open season, Texas Eastern entered into precedent agreements with four additional shippers. Texas Eastern states that the U2GC Project has been fully subscribed. The U2GC Project subscribed shippers are: Range Resources-Appalachia LLC; CNX Gas Co. LLC; East Resources Inc.; EQT Energy LLC; and Rice Drilling B LLC.
Texas Eastern states that the estimated cost of the U2GC Project is $56.5m.