FERC issues approval for Jacksonville Expansion Project of Florida Gas

The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 30 issued a certificate based on a March 2015 application from Florida Gas Transmission Co. LLC (FGT) for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct and operate pipeline, compression, and other facilities in Suwannee, Columbia, Bradford, and Clay counties, Florida (called the Jacksonville Expansion Project).

FGT owns and operates a 5,300-mile-long pipeline system that extends through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

The Jacksonville Expansion Project would modify a small segment of FGT’s system in North Florida. The existing mainline in the proposed project area comprises 24 and 36-inch-diameter pipeline, with portions of these pipes having parallel 30-inch-diameter looping. The looping ends near milepost (MP) 518.3 and, approximately 30 miles away, the mainline connects with Compressor Station 16. At Compressor Station 16, the mainline also connects with the Jacksonville Lateral, a 16-inch-diameter pipeline with 20-inch-diameter looping that extends from Compressor Station 16 to MP 15.5. 

For its Jacksonville Expansion Project, FGT proposes to construct and operate the following pipeline looping, compression, and associated auxiliary facilities:

  • approximately 3 miles of 30-inch-diameter mainline loop (Branford Loop) on FGT’s mainline, beginning at MP 518.3 and ending at MP 521.3, as well as various auxiliary facilities, including a new pig launcher on FGT’s mainline at MP 515.3 and pig receiver at MP 521.3, in Columbia and Suwannee Counties;
  • approximately 5.7 miles of 20-inch-diameter loop (Jacksonville Loop) on the Jacksonville Lateral, beginning at MP 15.5 and ending at MP 21.2 at the existing Brandy Branch-Peoples Gas Meter Station, as well as auxiliary facilities, including a new regulation station at MP 21.2 and the relocation of a pig receiver from MP 15.5 to MP 21.2, in Bradford and Clay counties; and
  • a new reciprocating gas driven 5,000 horsepower compressor unit and various auxiliary facilities, as well as re-wheeling of existing unit 1607 at Compressor Station 16 in Bradford County.

The project is needed to enable it to provide up to 15,000 MMBtu per day of firm transportation service at 800 pounds per square inch gage (psig) to the SeaCoast and Brandy Branch delivery points on the Jacksonville Lateral. The proposed Branford Loop will increase the pressure at the Compressor Station 16 inlet, which will allow FGT to connect the Jacksonville Lateral to the Compressor Station 16 outlet. Once Compressor Station 16 is connected to the Jacksonville Lateral, pressures on the lateral will increase to enable provision of the additional transportation service at the requested delivery pressure. 

In October 2014, FGT entered into a precedent agreement with Peoples Gas System, an affiliate of Tampa Electric, for firm transportation service under existing Rate Schedules FTS-3 and FTS-2. Before the proposed facilities are placed into service, FGT proposes to provide up to 60,000 MMBtu per day of firm service under Rate Schedule FTS-3 and up to 30,000 MMBtu per day of firm seasonal service under FTS-2.

Once the project facilities are placed into service, FGT will provide Peoples Gas with up to 75,000 MMBtu per day of firm service under FTS-3 and up to 60,000 MMBtu per day of seasonal service under FTS-2. However, FGT notes that the 60,000 MMBtu per day of firm service under Rate Schedule FTS-3 and the seasonal firm service under Rate Schedule FTS-2 can be provided without the additional facilities proposed herein. The proposed facilities are only needed to provide 15,000 MMBtu per day of firm service to the Jacksonville Lateral’s SeaCoast and Brandy Branch delivery points. Following the execution of the precedent agreement with Peoples Gas, FGT held an open season for the prearranged transportation capacity from November 4 through November 11, 2014. No party submitted a request for service. 

FGT estimates the cost of the Jacksonville Expansion Project to be approximately $46.5 million.

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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.