Texas Eastern kicks off FERC review process for three pipeline projects

Texas Eastern Transmission LP on March 13 put three related pipeline projects into the pre-application environmental review process at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

It is seeking environmental review for the Access South Project, Adair Southwest Project and Lebanon Extension Project. Upon completion of the pre-filing review, Texas Eastern will file an application with the commission for authorization to construct the projects.

These projects are designed to provide incremental pipeline transportation service from the Appalachia area natural gas supply basins to different markets in the Midwest and Southeast. The target in-service date for each of the projects is Nov. 1, 2017. The projects will create additional firm pipeline capacity necessary to deliver, in aggregate, 700,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of natural gas on a long-term basis.

  • The Access South Project would provide up to 320,000 Dth/d of capacity to transport supply from a receipt point in Uniontown, Pa., to delivery points in Texas Eastern’s Access Area Zone ELA and Market Zone M1 in Attala County, Miss. (interconnections with Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP and Southern Natural Gas Co. LLC) to serve southeast U.S. markets.
  • The Adair Southwest Project would provide up to 200,000 Dth/d of capacity to transport supply from a receipt point in Uniontown West, Pa., to delivery points in Texas Eastern’s Market Zone M2 in Adair County, Ky. (interconnection with Columbia Gulf Transmission LLC) to serve lower U.S. Midwest markets.
  • The Lebanon Extension Project would provide up to 180,000 Dth/d of capacity to transport supply from receipt point(s) in Pennsylvania and/or Ohio to delivery points in Market Zone M2 in or near Lebanon, Ohio.

Texas Eastern said it is proposing facilities that will provide the total capacity necessary for the fully subscribed Access South Project and the Adair Southwest Project and for the anticipated design of the Lebanon Extension Project with the same proposed in-service date. Each of these Projects will be subscribed by different customers and will serve different market needs, and Texas Eastern will make stand-alone contractual commitments with the customers of each project to construct the facilities necessary to provide service under each of the projects, as necessary.

Texas Eastern has been working with the following contractors to perform various engineering and project studies:

  • Universal Pegasus – Complete civil survey and assist with pipeline design and engineering;
  • URS Corp. – Prepare environmental survey;
  • Trinity Consultants – Assist with air permitting analysis and preparation support for required air quality permit applications; and
  • Hoover & Keith – Conduct acoustic analysis at the sites for proposed above-ground facilities and at other applicable locations.
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