The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 8 put out for comment until Aug. 29 a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the NEXUS Gas Transmission (NGT) Project and Texas Eastern Appalachian Lease (TEAL) Project proposed by NEXUS Gas Transmission LLC and Texas Eastern Transmission LP.
NEXUS and Texas Eastern have requested authorization to construct a new greenfield pipeline and expand an existing pipeline system from the Appalachian Basin to deliver 1.5 million dekatherms per day to markets in Northern Ohio, Southeastern Michigan, and Ontario, Canada. DTE Gas Co. and Vector Pipeline LP are requesting approval to lease capacity on their systems to NEXUS.
The draft EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of both the NGT and TEAL Projects. The NGT Project consists of about 255.9 miles of pipeline composed of the following facilities:
- 208.9 miles of new 36-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Ohio; and
- 47 miles of new 36-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Michigan.
The TEAL Project would include two main components:
- 4.4 miles of new 36-inch-diameter loop pipeline in Ohio; and
- 0.3 mile of new 30-inch-diameter interconnecting pipeline Ohio.
The projects’ proposed aboveground facilities include five new compressor stations in Ohio; additional compression and related modifications to one existing compressor station in Ohio; five new metering and regulating stations in Ohio; one new metering and regulating station in Michigan; and minor modifications at existing aboveground facilities at various locations across Ohio.
In November 2015, NEXUS Gas Transmission filed its application with FERC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct, own, and operate this new natural gas pipeline system in Ohio and Michigan. NEXUS’ proposed project is referred to as the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project (NGT Project).
In November 2015, Texas Eastern filed an abbreviated application with FERC for a certificate to construct, own, and operate a natural gas pipeline and related facilities in Ohio as well as approval to abandon by lease to NEXUS the capacity created by the Texas Eastern Appalachian Lease Project (TEAL Project) facilities.
Subject to the receipt of FERC authorization and all other applicable permits, authorizations, and approvals, the applicants anticipate starting construction as soon as possible, with an in-service date of November 2017, except for Texas Eastern’s modifications to its existing compressor station, which has an in-service date of October 2018.
The projects would provide for the transportation of 1.5 million dekatherms per day of natural gas from the Appalachian Basin to consuming markets in Northern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan as well as the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada. Supply also would be able to reach the Chicago Hub in northern Illinois and other Midwestern markets through interconnections with other pipelines. NEXUS indicated that the need for the projects originates from an increase in demand for natural gas in the region for electric generation, home heating, and industrial use, coupled with a decrease of imports of natural gas to the region by traditional supply sources, mainly western Canada and the Gulf Coast. The Projects would meet this need by importing natural gas to the region from newly available sources, mainly in the Appalachian Basin.