Dominion pipeline to aid coal-to-gas switch at International Paper plant in S.C.

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) on the Columbia to Eastover Project, which involves construction and operation of facilities by Dominion South Carolina Gas Inc. (DCG) in Calhoun, Richland, and Lexington counties, South Carolina.

The commission said in a July 16 notice that it will use this EA in its decisionmaking process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity. Comments on what should be covered in the EA are being taken until Aug. 17.

DCG proposes the Columbia to Eastover Project, covering construction and operation of 28 miles of new 8-inch-diameter pipeline in Calhoun and Richland counties, South Carolina, with sections of access roads in Lexington County, South Carolina. The project would deliver 18,000 dekatherms per day of firm transmission natural gas service to International Paper Co. to replace the current use of coal and fuel oil, as well as trucked-delivered natural gas, as a means of complying with maximum achievable control technology environmental air quality standards mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The pipeline would originate from DCG’s existing 20-inch-diameter Salley to Eastman pipeline at the DAK Americas industrial facility. In addition to the pipeline, DCG proposes to install the following ancillary facilities: a tap and pig launcher; a metering and regulation station and pig receiver; and eight mainline valves.

DCG proposes to commence construction of these facilities in early 2016 in order to meet the proposed in-service date for the contracted firm transportation service of June 1, 2016. To meet this schedule, DCG asked that the commission issue a final prder approving the project by Dec. 1, 2015.

Said the May 29 DCG application: “The Customer is converting from coal and fuel oil to natural gas for the generation of electricity to maintain its production of its pulp paper products at the Eastover Plant in order to meet air emissions requirements mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, a portion of Customer’s natural gas requirements currently is being met through compressed natural gas delivered via truck by a third party entity. Customer currently sources the gas for the compressed natural gas using an existing firm transportation service agreement with DCG for 2,200 Dt/d with a primary receipt point of Transco-Moore and a primary delivery point at the NEOgas facility in Kershaw County, SC (IP-NEOgas FT Agreement).

“The Project is intended to provide firm transportation service to allow Customer to increase the use of natural gas at its Eastover Plant, replacing the use of coal and fuel oil, as well as truck-delivered compressed natural gas. For this purpose, DCG and Customer will enter into a new service agreement for transportation of 15,800 Dt/d from the SNG-Aiken Interconnection Customer’s Eastover Plant and will amend the existing IP-NEOgas FT Agreement to provide 2,200 Dt/d of transportation from the existing receipt point to the new Eastover delivery point.”

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