Gas supplier to in-construction Oregon Clean Energy Center seeks Ohio approval

Generation Pipeline LLC applied June 15 to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for authority to operate as an intrastate natural gas company in Ohio in support of its plans to supply gas to the Oregon Clean Energy Center LLC power project in the Toledo area.

Generation Pipeline asked for expedited approval of this application so it can continue to support the development of the Oregon Clean Energy Center, a power plant currently under construction in Oregon, Ohio. It is a direct and wholly owned subsidiary of North Coast Gas Transmission LLC. North Coast owns the rights to the Toledo-Marion 6-inch Pipeline, Buckeye 425 Pipeline, the Buckeye 10-inch Pipeline, Ashland 8-inch Pipeline and Parma Expansion 10-inch Pipeline (collectively called the “NCGT System”). The NCGT System operates across the northern tier of Ohio with interconnections into the Dominion East Ohio, Columbia Gas of Ohio, and KNG Energy Service territories.

North Coast is currently developing the Oregon Lateral Pipeline, an approximately 22-mile, 24-inch high pressure steel pipeline having a capacity of approximately 280,000 MMBtu/day and associated facilities that will interconnect with and serve an approximately 800-MW combined cycle natural gas power plant in Oregon, Ohio, near Toledo, Ohio (the “Oregon Clean Energy Center”). The Oregon Lateral Pipeline will not be connected to the NCGT System and will be a stand-alone pipeline asset. North Coast received a certificate for the construction of the Oregon Lateral Pipeline from the Ohio Power Siting Board, effective as of Jan. 6, 2015.

North Coast recently formed Generation Pipeline to own and operate the Oregon Lateral Pipeline. It noted that no other company will be involved in servicing the power project.

Oregon Clean Energy LLC (OCE) is the owner and operator of the Oregon Clean Energy Center and is not affiliated with either North Coast or Generation Pipeline. In May 2013, the Ohio Power Siting Board issued a Certificate for Environmental Compatibility and Public Need to OCE for the construction and operation of the OCE facility. North Coast has entered into a special contract with OCE related to the construction of the Oregon Lateral Pipeline and for natural gas service to the Oregon Clean Energy Center. That contract will be filed with the commission prior to service commencing to the Oregon Clean Energy Center.

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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.