Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco) on May 13 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval to place new gas pipeline capacity in the northeast U.S. into operation.
In May 2014, FERC issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity authorizing Transco to construct and operate the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project and the Northeast Connector Project. Transco now requests that the commission issue written authorization to place the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project into service. Transco anticipates being able to place these facilities into service as early as May 15.
The Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project involves the construction and operation of 3.2 miles of 26-inch diameter pipeline, a new meter station, and appurtenant facilities. The Rockaway Delivery Lateral extends from the point of interconnection with Transco’s existing Lower New York Bay Lateral located in the Atlantic Ocean off of Brooklyn to National Grid’s New York City distribution system at a new delivery point on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens County, New York. The project will provide 647,000 dekatherms/day (dt/day) of year-round firm transportation service.
The May 2014 order also authorized Transco’s Northeast Connector Project, which will enable Transco to provide an additional 100,000 dt/day of firm transportation service to National Grid from Transco’s existing Compressor Station 195 in York County, Pennsylvania, to the Rockaway Delivery Lateral (“Rockaway Delivery Point”). In November 2014, Transco submitted to the commission a request for authorization to place the Northeast Connector Project (NEC Project) facilities into service, and to commence partial service to National Grid until such time as the Rockaway Delivery Lateral facilities could be placed into service.
Specifically, Transco requested authorization to begin providing 65,000 dt/day of NEC Project volumes under Rate Schedule FT on a secondary basis to the existing Long Beach Meter Station on Transco’s Lower New York Bay Lateral in Nassau County, New York until the authorized in-service date of the Rockaway Delivery Lateral facilities, at which time, Transco will begin providing the full 100,000 dt/day of NEC Project volumes to the Rockaway Delivery Point. In November 2014, the commission granted Transco’s request, and on Dec. 1, 2014 the NEC Project facilities were placed into service and partial service commenced. As of the in-service date of the Rockaway Delivery Lateral facilities, Transco will begin providing the full NEC Project volumes to the Rockaway Delivery Point.
Said a May 14 approval letter to the company from a FERC official: “I grant Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) May 13, 2015 request to place into service the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project in Kings and Queens Counties, New York. Your request is in compliance with environmental condition 10 of the Commission’s May 8, 2014 Order Issuing Certificate and Approving Abandonment (Order) issued in the above-referenced dockets. Based on our field inspection performed the week of April 9, 2015 and Transco’s recent weekly construction and restoration status reports, we find that Transco has adequately stabilized areas disturbed by construction and that restoration is proceeding satisfactorily.”