Transco advances FERC review of pipeline to Maryland power project

In support of its September 2014 application, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco) on March 5 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a resource plan for a pipeline that will serve the 1,000-MW Wildcat Point project in Maryland of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative.

Transco is seeking FERC authorization to construct approximately 11.17 miles of new 20-inch diameter pipeline lateral from Transco’s existing mainlines in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to the proposed Wildcat Point plant and an electric driven compressor in Cecil County, Maryland; along with piping and valve modifications to existing Transco Compressor Station 200 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

In November 2014, the commission issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project. The EA includes commission staff’s recommendation that any order the commission may issue in this proceeding include sixteen conditions. One condition requires that Transco file an Implementation Plan for review and written approval, and specifies the information required to be submitted. “In order to assist Commission Staff in the review of the Implementation Plan, which Transco anticipates filing if the project is certificated, Transco hereby submits its draft Implementation Plan,” said the March 5 filing. “This draft Implementation Plan is intended for Staff review only and should not be considered as a comment to the EA.”

This project will deliver 192,000 dekatherms per day of incremental firm transportation capacity from Transco’s 210 Market Pool in Mercer County, New Jersey, to Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s Wildcat Point Generating Facility in Cecil County, Maryland. Old Dominion broke ground on the power plant last fall and is shooting for an operational start for the plant in the spring of 2017. 

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