The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental assessment on the REX Zone 3 Capacity Enhancement Project, which involves construction and operation of facilities by Rockies Express LLC (REX) in Decatur County, Indiana, and in Pickaway, Fayette, Muskingum, and Warrenton counties, Ohio.
The commission said in an Ap[ril 29 notice that it will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity. This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the project. The comment deadline is May 29.
REX proposes to construct and operate three new compressor stations and ancillary facilities in Ohio and Indiana, and add additional compression to an existing station in Ohio. REX would also add gas cooling facilities and/or power and control room buildings at two existing compressor stations in Ohio. The REX Zone 3 Capacity Enhancement Project would consist of:
- one new 49,428 horsepower (hp) Columbus Compressor Station in Pickaway County, Ohio;
- one new 31,791 hp Washington Court House Compressor Station in Fayette County, Ohio;
- one new 37,038 hp St. Paul Compressor Station in Decatur County, Indiana;
- an additional 38,400 hp of compression, gas cooling facilities, and a new power and control building at the existing Chandlersville Compressor Station in Muskingum County, Ohio; and
- gas cooling facilities and a new power and control building at the existing Hamilton Compressor Station in Warren County, Ohio.
This project would provide an additional 800 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) of east-to-west transportation service, of which 700 MMCFD is contracted to six shippers: American Energy–Utica LLC, EdgeMarc Energy Holdings LLC, EQT Energy LLC, Gulfport Energy Corp., Jay-Bee Oil & Gas Inc. and Triad Hunter LLC.