Spectra unit files resource report on three gas capacity expansion projects

Texas Eastern Transmission LP, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Spectra Energy Partners LP, filed on April 16 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a resource report that covers a series of gas infrastructure expansion projects.

This draft of Resource Report 1 for the Access South Project, Adair Southwest Project and Lebanon Extension Project is being filed as part of FERC’s Pre-filing process. The Pre-filing process allows FERC staff to become involved with scoping of environmental issues before Texas Eastern Transmission files its certificate application for the projects. This initial filing of Resource Report 1 is one of the first steps in the FERC’s Pre-filing process and is intended to provide an introduction of the project in its early stages of development.

The purpose of the combined projects is to provide incremental pipeline transportation service from the Appalachian area natural gas supply basins to different markets in the Midwest and Southeast by creating additional firm pipeline capacity necessary to deliver natural gas on a long-term basis. Texas Eastern proposes to modify existing facilities along its existing pipeline system in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. The facilities required for the projects are expected to be located primarily within Texas Eastern’s current footprint.

The proposed facilities include 19.4 miles of 36-inch diameter pipeline looping segments, all of which will follow Texas Eastern’s current right-of-way. Proposed modifications to aboveground facilities will include the installation of new compression at two existing facilities and additional modifications necessary to allow for bidirectional flow, increased horsepower requirements, and meter replacement.

The projects will create additional firm pipeline capacity necessary to deliver, in aggregate, 700,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of natural gas on a long-term basis, for new incremental production from the Appalachia area natural gas supply basins to different markets in the Midwest and Southeast along the Texas Eastern system.

  • The Access South Project would provide up to 320,000 Dth/d of capacity to transport supply from a receipt point in Uniontown, Pa., to delivery points in Texas Eastern’s Access Area Zone ELA and Market Zone M1 in Attala County, Miss. (interconnections with Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP and Southern Natural Gas Co. LLC) to serve Southeast U.S. markets.
  • The Adair Southwest Project would provide up to 200,000 Dth/d of capacity to transport supply from a receipt point in Uniontown West, Pa., to delivery points in Texas Eastern’s Market Zone M2 in Adair County, Ky. (interconnection with Columbia Gulf Transmission LLC) to serve lower U.S. Midwest markets.
  • The Lebanon Extension Project would provide up to 180,000 Dth/d of capacity to transport supply from receipt point(s) in Pennsylvania and/or Ohio to delivery points in Market Zone M2 in or near Lebanon, Ohio.

Finally, Texas Eastern is also seeking authorization to abandon certain 2,000 horsepower (hp) electric units at the Five Points Compressor Station in Pickaway County, Ohio.

Texas Eastern is proposing facilities that will provide the total capacity necessary for the fully subscribed Access South Project and the Adair Southwest Project and for the anticipated design of the Lebanon Extension Project with the same proposed in-service date. Each of these projects will be subscribed by different customers and will serve different market needs, and Texas Eastern will make standalone contractual commitments with the customers of each project to construct the facilities necessary to provide service under each of the projects, as necessary.

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