The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 4 went out for comment until Dec. 4 on an environmental assessment (EA) for the Garden State Expansion Project proposed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco) for New Jersey to provide additional natural gas volumes on its existing pipeline system.
The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.
The project involves: installation of a new compressor station and a new meter station co-located on Transco’s Trenton-Woodbury Lateral in Burlington County, New Jersey; modification and addition of compression at an existing compressor station (Station 205) in Mercer County, New Jersey; and construction or modification of related appurtenant underground and aboveground facilities. The project would provide 180,000 dekatherms per day of incremental firm transportation capacity from Transco’s Station 210 Zone 6 Pool in Mercer County, New Jersey, to a new delivery point with New Jersey Natural Gas Co. on Transco’s Trenton-Woodbury Lateral.
Transco’s stated purpose is to provide firm transportation for New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), a local gas distribution company along the New Jersey Coast whose natural gas service was affected by Hurricane Sandy. The project would provide up to 20,000 Dt/d for Phase 1 and up to 180,000 Dt/d of natural gas from the receipt point to the delivery point for NJNG.
NJNG, as part of its Southern Reliability Link Project, plans to construct an approximately 28-mile-long new lateral from its existing distribution system to the new delivery point on Transco’s Trenton-Woodbury Lateral. Transco states that its transportation service under the project would allow NJNG to access additional supplies of natural gas and benefit the consuming public by providing enhanced reliability and resiliency to NJNG’s service territory in Monmouth and Ocean counties, New Jersey.
Transco anticipates that construction of the Phase 1 facilities would begin during the first quarter of 2016 to achieve the targeted in-service date of Nov. 1, 2016. Construction of Phase 2 is anticipated to occur continuously after completion of Phase 1 tasks, which is expected to be at the beginning of the 2nd quarter of 2016, with a target in-service date of Aug. 1, 2017.