FERC lays out schedule for review of Southeast Market Pipelines Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a May 13 notice that a final decision deadline on a series of gas pipeline projects in the Southeast U.S. is Feb. 18, 2016.

In September and November 2014, Florida Southeast Connection LLC, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC,and Sabal Trail Transmission LLC filed applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct, operate, and maintain certain natural gas pipeline facilities. The proposed projects are known as the Southeast Market Pipelines Project (SMP Project) and are designed to meet the growing demand for natural gas by the electric generation, distribution, and end use markets in the Southeast United States.

In accordance with FERC policy, Notices of Application for the respective projects were issued. Among other things, the notices alerted other agencies issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on the request for a federal authorization within 90 days of the date of issuance of the commission staff’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the SMP Project. This May 13 notice identifies the FERC staff’s planned schedule for completion of the final EIS for the project.

  • The issuance of the notice of availability of the final EIS is due on Nov. 20; and
  • The 90-day federal authorization decision deadline is Feb. 18, 2016.

The Hillabee Expansion Project consists of approximately 43 miles of 42-inch-diameter natural gas transmission looping pipeline and associated facilities, one new compressor station, and several compressor station modifications in Alabama and connects with the Sabal Trail Project. The Sabal Trail Project consists of approximately 500 miles of 36-inch-diameter natural gas transmission pipeline, five new compressor stations, and associated facilities in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The FSC Project includes 77 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline and 49 miles of 30-inch-diameter pipeline, all located in Florida. The FSC Project would connect with the Sabal Trail Project in Osceola County, Florida.

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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.