The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is taking comment until May 4 on an environmental assessment (EA) for the New York Bay Expansion Project of Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco).
Transco is requesting authorization to construct, replace, and operate natural gas pipeline facilities located in Chester County, Pa., Richmond County, N.Y., and Middlesex and Essex counties, N.J. This project would enable Transco to modify existing facilities and replace existing pipeline to transport an additional 115 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.
The project would involve these activities at existing aboveground facilities:
- Uprate Compressor Station 200 from 30,860 horsepower (hp) to 33,000 hp (East Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania) and uprate a unit of Compressor Station 303 from 25,000 hp to 27,500 hp (Roseland Borough, Essex County, New Jersey);
- Add 11,000 hp of electric-driven compression to Compressor Station 207 (Old Bridge Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey);
- Install various appurtenances and modifications at three meter and regulation (M&R) stations in East Brandywine Township (Chester County, Pennsylvania), Sayreville Borough (Middlesex County, New Jersey) and Staten Island Borough (Richmond County, New York), including setting up a temporary M&R station during construction in Staten Island Borough.
In addition, Transco proposes to replace three segments of its 42-inch-diameter Lower New York Bay Lateral pipeline, totaling 0.25 mile, and uprate the lateral pipeline’s operating pressure from 960 to 1000 pounds per square inch in Middlesex County, New Jersey.
The project would enable Transco to provide an additional 115 MMcf per day of firm transportation service to the Brooklyn Union Gas Co. d/b/a National Grid New York to meet its supply needs for the 2017/2018 winter heating season.
Transco proposes to begin construction at Compressor Station 207 in December 2016, and to begin the remainder of the project components in April-May 2017. Overall construction is to be completed within an 8-11 month period with a target in-service date of Nov. 1, 2017.