In compliance with a provision in a Jan. 21 approval, Texas Gas Transmission LLC on Aug. 5 requested written authorization from the Director of the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to place into service on or before Aug. 19 the Western Kentucky Lateral Project.
This is the project that will provide natural gas to a 1,000-MW combined-cycle facility that the Tennessee Valley Authority is building at its Paradise power plant site in Muhlenberg County, Ky. TVA plans to retire the coal-fired Units 1 and 2 at the site when this new project is completed, while leaving the Unit 3 (1,150 MW) coal facility in operation.
The Western Kentucky Lateral Project includes approximately 22.5 miles of 24-inch diameter pipeline extending from Texas Gas’ existing Midland 3 Compressor Station in Muhlenberg County to an interconnection with TVA’s facility in Muhlenberg County. The lateral would provide 230,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of firm natural gas transportation service for TVA at Paradise.
TVA said June 27 that construction of the Paradise combined-cycle project was at that point about 75% complete.