East Tennessee seeks okay for pipeline to support coal-to-gas conversion

East Tennessee Natural Gas LLC applied Feb. 20 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity and for related authorizations regarding its proposed project to provide up to 40,000 Dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of firm transportation service to Tate & Lyle Americas Ingredients LLC.

East Tennessee requests that the commission authorize it to: construct, own, operate and maintain an approximate 10-mile, 12-inch diameter mainline extension, with a crossover to the existing Loudon-Lenoir City Lateral Line 3218D-100, and related facilities; install a new meter station and related appurtenances located at the end of the Loudon Mainline Extension at the Tate & Lyle Plant; install a pressure regulator at existing meter station 59039 on the existing Loudon-Lenoir City Lateral Line 3218D-100; install a 12-inch mainline valve, two 12-inch Tee Taps and related appurtenances on the 12-inch Line 3200-1 mainline near milepost (MP) 234.35; and establish and charge an initial incremental recourse rate for firm transportation service on the facilities to be constructed.

In order to meet the timing requested by the gas shipper, the targeted in-service date for the Loudon Expansion Project is Sept. 1, 2016, when initial testing and production of the Tate & Lyle Plant is expected to start. As such, East Tennessee requests that the commission issue an order granting the authorizations requested herein by Dec. 1, 2015.

The Loudon Expansion Project is designed to provide firm natural gas transportation service to Tate & Lyle’s manufacturing plant located in Loudon County, Tennessee. Tate & Lyle, a manufacturer of artificial sweeteners and ethanol products, is planning modifications to its existing manufacturing plant, including the conversion of existing coal-fired boilers to natural gas, and the installation of a new natural gas-fueled combined cycle electric power plant. 

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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.