The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project and Texas Eastern Appalachian Lease (TEAL) Project, which involve construction and operation of facilities by NEXUS Gas Transmission LLC in Ohio and Michigan and Texas Eastern Transmission LP in Ohio.
The projects are separate, but connected, interstate natural gas transmission pipeline projects, FERC said in an April 8 notice. The environmental impacts of both projects will be considered in one EIS. The scoping period where FERC will take input on what should be covered by the EIS will close on May 22.
NEXUS and Texas Eastern plan to construct and operate about 256 miles of interstate natural gas transmission pipeline and associated facilities in Ohio and Michigan.
NEXUS is proposing to construct these project components:
- about 200 miles of new 36-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Columbiana, Stark, Summit, Wayne, Medina, Loraine, Erie, Sandusky, Wood, Lucas, and Fulton counties, Ohio;
- about 50 miles of new 36-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Lenawee, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties, Michigan;
- about 1.2 miles of new 36-inch-diameter interconnecting pipeline in Columbiana and Carroll counties, Ohio;
- about 0.2 mile of new 30-inch diameter interconnecting pipeline in Columbiana County, Ohio;
- installation of up to 130,000 horsepower (hp) of compression at four new gas turbine compressor stations, one each in Columbiana, Medina, Sandusky, and Lucas counties, Ohio;
- a total of four metering and regulation stations, three in Columbiana County, Ohio and one in Washtenaw County, Michigan; and
- various launchers, receivers, mainline valves, and other appurtenant facilities at assorted locations along the planned system in Ohio and Michigan.
Texas Eastern is proposing to construct the following project components:
- about 4.5 miles of new 36-inch-diameter natural gas loop pipeline in Monroe County, Ohio;
- one new compressor station with 18,800 hp in Columbiana County, Ohio;
- additional 9,400 hp of compression and piping modifications at one existing compressor station (Colerain Compressor Station) in Belmont County, Ohio; and
- launchers, receivers, and various piping modifications at two existing regulating and receiver sites in Monroe County, Ohio.
According to the applicants, the projects would provide up to 1.5 million dekatherms per day of natural gas to various markets in the U.S. Midwest and Canada. The project would tie into existing infrastructure and include capacity on existing pipeline systems to serve customers in Ohio and Michigan, as well as customers in Illinois (the Chicago area) and Ontario, Canada (the Dawn area). If approved, NEXUS and Texas Eastern propose to commence construction in the first quarter 2017 and place these facilities in service on Nov. 1, 2017.