FERC approves $111.8m Dominion pipeline project in Ohio and Pennsylvania

The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 19 approved a September 2014 application from Dominion Transmission Inc. for authorization to construct and operate pipeline, compression, regulation, valves, and other facilities in Ohio and Pennsylvania as part of something called the Lebanon West II Project.

Dominion is a natural gas company that transports natural gas in interstate commerce. Dominion’s natural gas system extends through Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and Virginia. Dominion proposes with this project, among other things, to: replace, with the same diameter pipe, two 26-inch-diameter and nine 30-inch-diameter sections of its existing TL-400 pipeline in Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Muskingum, Licking, Harrison, Columbiana, and Carroll counties, Ohio and Beaver County, Pennsylvania; and add 10,915 horsepower (hp) of compression at its existing Rural Valley Compressor Station in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.

The Lebanon West II Project will enable the company to provide an additional 130,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/day) of firm transportation service from Dominion’s existing Mark West Liberty Bluestone Interconnection in Butler County, Pennsylvania, to the Lebanon-Texas Gas Interconnection with Texas Gas Transmission Corp. in Warren County, Ohio. Dominion estimates that the Lebanon West II Project will cost approximately $111,839,745.

Dominion conducted an open season in November 2013, and executed a precedent agreement with R.E. Gas Development LLC for all of the project’s 130,000 Dth/day of incremental service for an initial term of 20 years.

FERC on Nov. 19 issued the project a certificate of public convenience and necessity that calls for the completion of construction of the proposed facilities and making them available for service within one year of the date of this order.

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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.