Florida Gas expansion project to undergo environmental review at FERC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said April 13 that it will do an environmental review on a March 31 application from Florida Gas Transmission Co. LLC (FGT) requesting authorization to construct, own, and operate new facilities in Florida.

The new facilities would consist of: approximately 3.0 miles of 30-inch mainline loop extension (Branford Loop); one new reciprocating 5,000 horsepower compressor unit and building at Compressor Station (CS) 16; rewheel of an existing turbine compressor unit at CS 16; approximately 5.7 miles of 20-inch loop extension (Jacksonville Loop); and a new regulator station and appurtenant auxiliary facilities, all known as its Jacksonville Expansion Project.

The project will provide an initial 60,000 MMBtu/d, and an expansion of 15,000 MMBtu/d of firm transportation, to two existing delivery points for Peoples Gas System (PGS), an affiliate of Tampa Electric, all in Suwannee, Bradford, Columbia and Clay counties, Florida.

Within 90 days of this notice the commission staff will either: complete its environmental assessment (EA) and place it into the commission’s public record for this proceeding; or issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If that notice is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the commission staff’s issuance of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) or EA for this proposal.

The estimated cost of the Jacksonville Expansion Project is approximately $46.5 million. PGS has executed a precedent agreement for firm transportation service with a primary term of 25 years for 75,000 MMBtu/d of capacity, which includes all of the 15,000 MMBtu/d of Expansion Capacity.

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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.