FERC to write enviro statement on PennEast gas pipeline project

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the PennEast Pipeline Project, which involves construction and operation of facilities by PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC.

PennEast is a partnership of six member companies including AGL Resources, New Jersey Resources Pipeline Co., South Jersey Industries, PSEG Power LLC, Spectra Energy Partners and UGI Energy Services, FERC said in a Jan. 13 notice. The commission will use this EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenienceand necessity. The scoping period, where input is taken on what should be covered by the EIS, will close on Feb. 12.

The PennEast project will provide approximately 1.0 billion cubic feet per day of year-round transportation service from northern Pennsylvania to markets in eastern and southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The project would bring natural gas produced in the Marcellus Shale region in eastern Pennsylvania to homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The project would extend from various receipt point interconnections, including interconnections with Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. LLC and gathering systems operated by Williams Partners LP, Regency Energy Partners LP, and UGI Energy Services, all in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Various delivery point interconnections would be constructed including: UGI Utilities Inc. in Carbon and Northampton counties, Pennsylvania; Columbia Gas Transmission LLC in Northampton County; and Elizabethtown Gas, Texas Eastern Transmission LP and Algonquin Transmission LLC, all in Hunterdon, New Jersey.

The project would consist of constructing or installing these components:

  • 108.8 miles of new 36-inch-diameter pipeline, originating near Dallas, Luzerne County, Pa., and terminating near Pennington, Mercer County, N.J. The pipeline route would also traverse Carbon, Northampton, and Bucks counties, Pa., and Hunterdon and Mercer counties, N.J.;
  • the Hellertown Lateral, a 2.1-mile, 24-inch-diameter new pipeline and the associated TCO Interconnect and UGI Lehigh Interconnect and Launcher/Receiver Site in Northampton County, Pa.;
  • one new compressor station near Blakeslee in Kidder Township, Carbon County, Pa. Installation of three gas turbine-driven Taurus 70 units rated at 10,916 horsepower (hp) each under ISO conditions (32,745 total ISO hp);
  • the Wyoming Interconnect at Milepost (MP) 0.00 in Luzerne County, Pa.;
  • the Springville Interconnect at MP 0.25 in Luzerne County, Pa.;
  • the Auburn and Leidy Interconnects at MP 4.50 in Luzerne County, Pa;
  • the UGI HAZ Interconnect at MP 25.50 in Carbon County, Pa.;
  • the Elizabethtown Interconnect at MP 76.35 in Hunterdon County, N.J.;
  • the Algonquin and TETCO Interconnects in Hunterdon County, N.J.;
  • the Transco Interconnect at MP 108.8 in Mercer County, N.J.; and
  • seven mainline block valves at locations along the planned pipeline segments in Luzerne, Carbon, and Northampton counties, Pa., and Hunterdon County, N.J.

PennEast plans to conduct tree clearing in the fourth quarter of 2016 with construction starting in Spring 2017 and a projected in-service date of Oct. 1, 2017.

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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.