The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for the Jacksonville Expansion Project proposed by Florida Gas Transmission Co. LLC (FGT), with that EA now out for comment until Feb. 15.
FGT has requested authorization to construct about 8.7 miles of natural gas pipeline and associated aboveground facilities in Suwannee, Columbia, Bradford, and Clay counties, Florida. The purpose of the project is to provide a total of approximately 75,000 MMBtu/d of natural gas capacity to be delivered at various amounts at several points throughout Florida.
The project includes the following facilities:
- approximately 3.0 miles of 30-inch-diameter looping pipeline and associated facilities in Suwannee and Columbia counties;
- one new compressor unit, re-wheeling of an existing turbine compressor unit, and construction and modification of piping and valves at Compressor Station 16 in Bradford County;
- approximately 5.7 miles of 20-inch-diameter looping pipeline and associated facilities in Bradford and Clay Counties; and
- a new regulation station in Bradford County.
On March 31, 2015, FGT filed this application. According to FGT, the purpose of the proposed facilities is to support a firm delivery of 15,000 million British thermal units per day (MMBtu/d) to delivery points within Florida. An additional 60,000 MMBtu/d would also be delivered to delivery points within Florida, but would not require the installation of additional facilities.
FGT said the proposed facilities are necessary to meet the requirements of a precedent agreement with the Peoples Gas System, a division of Tampa Electric. According to FGT, following receipt of all applicable authorizations, permits, and clearances, construction activities would commence within 30 days. FGT expects pipeline installation and compressor station modifications to occur concurrently and be completed within 120 days.