The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) on the Coastal Bend Header Project, which involves construction and operation of facilities by Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP in southeastern Texas.
The commission said in a March 4 notice that it will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether construction and operation of the project is in the public convenience and necessity. The scoping period where staff will take input on what should be covered in the EA will close on April 3.
Gulf South plans to construct a new gas pipeline in Wharton and Brazoria counties, Texas, a new compressor station in Wharton County along the new pipeline, and two new compressor stations and upgrades at two compressor stations along Gulf South’s existing Index 129 pipeline in Fort Bend, Harris, Polk, and Sabine counties, Texas. The new pipeline would enable delivery of 1.54 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas to the proposed Freeport Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Export Terminal near Freeport, Texas.
Specifically, the project would include construction and operation of the following facilities:
- 64 miles of 36-inch diameter pipeline, called the Coastal Bend Header, commencing at a new interconnect with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC northwest of Hungerford in Wharton County, Texas, and terminating at the existing Freeport LNG Stratton Ridge meter site near Clute in Brazoria County, Texas;
- a new 93,500-horsepower (hp) gas-fired compressor station, called the Wilson Compressor Station, in Wharton County, Texas;
- one new 26,000-hp electric motor driven compressor station, called the Brazos Compressor Station, in Fort Bend County, Texas;
- a new 10,000-hp electric motor driven compressor station, called the North Houston Compressor Station, at an existing Gulf South property in Harris County, Texas;
- piping modifications within the fence line at Gulf South’s existing Goodrich Compressor Station along the Index 129 pipeline in Polk County, Texas;
- piping modifications and a new 15,900-hp gas-fired compressor unit within the fence line at Gulf South’s former Magasco Compressor Station along the Index 129 pipeline in Sabine County, Texas; and
- seven interconnects with various interstate and intrastate gas pipelines, including an interconnect with Gulf South’s Index 129 pipeline, which Gulf South plans to construct at a later time under its blanket certificate authority.
Gulf South plans to begin project construction in spring 2017 if all required permits, certificates, and authorizations are obtained. Gulf South’s planned in-service date for project facilities is spring 2018.