Transco wins FERC approval for pipeline to serve 1,000 MW project in Maryland

The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 19 approved the gas pipeline lateral that will supply a 1,000-MW power project of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative with needed fuel.

In June 2014, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco) applied for certificate authorization to construct and operate its Rock Springs Expansion Project to provide service for Old Dominion Electric Cooperative at its new Wildcat Point Generating Facility in Cecil County, Maryland. Transco proposes to construct and operate the Rock Springs Expansion Project to provide 192,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of firm natural gas transportation service from Transco’s Station 210 Zone 6 Pool in Mercer County, New Jersey, to the new Wildcat Plant, which will be a 1,000-MW natural gas combined cycle facility in Cecil County, Maryland. Transco estimates the project facilities will cost $79.5 million.

In August 2013, Transco executed a precedent agreement with Old Dominion for 192,000 Dth/d of firm service using Transco’s mainline and the proposed lateral. In addition, Transco held an open season in 2013 to determine whether there was any additional demand by other potential shippers for firm transportation service. Transco received no other bids.

The precedent agreement with Old Dominion is for a 30-year firm transportation service agreement for 192,000 Dth/d under Transco’s Rate Schedule FT. Old Dominion has elected to pay a negotiated rate for the proposed firm transportation service. However, Transco proposes an incremental recourse reservation charge for transportation service on the expansion facilities.

Transco must complete construction of the proposed facilities and make them available for service within two years of the date of this March 19 order.  

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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.