Tennessee Gas seeks FERC approval for Pennsylvania capacity project

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC applied April 2 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for certain pipeline and compression facilities located in Pennsylvania that will increase east-to-west natural gas delivery capacity in the region by approximately 145,000 dekatherms (Dth) per day.

This Susquehanna West Project is comprised of three components: construction of approximately 8.1 miles of new 36-inch-diameter pipeline looping with piping modifications associated with the pipeline loops; modification to piping at three different existing compressor stations; and an increase in horsepower at two of those three existing compressor stations. These changes will enable Tennessee to provide firm incremental transportation service to meet a specified market need.

Tennessee asked for issuance of the requested certificate authorization by April 15, 2016, to ensure timely construction of the project.

Tennessee’s interstate pipeline system is fully subscribed in the region of Pennsylvania where the project is located. In order to meet new demand for transportation service, Tennessee proposes to create 145,000 Dth per day of additional east-to-west firm natural gas transportation capacity on Tennessee’s 300 Line from Tennessee’s existing Shoemaker Dehy receipt meter (Meter #412846) in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, to the Rose Lake delivery meter (Meter #420527) in Potter County, Pennsylvania. This transportation capacity will serve an existing downstream contract on the National Fuel Gas Supply Northern Access Project.

Tennessee held binding Open Season #944 for the project in 2014, offering approximately 150,000 Dth per day of expansion capacity from mutually acceptable receipt points located in Zone 4 of Tennessee’s system at or near Tennessee’s existing CS 319 in Bradford or Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, to one or more mutually agreeable delivery points at or near Tennessee’s interconnection with National Fuel Gas Supply at Rose Lake (Meter #420527) in Potter County, Pennsylvania, also in Zone 4. Statoil Natural Gas LLC was granted Anchor Shipper status because it entered into a binding precedent agreement with Tennessee that made a binding 15-year minimum term capacity commitment for the project for a transportation quantity equal to or greater than 145,000 Dth per day. Statoil was the only bidder for the project capacity, and was awarded 145,000 Dth per day of the project 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.