FERC issues final enviro review on NEXUS, TEAL gas capacity projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will announced in the Dec. 6 Federal Register that it has prepared a final 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 request 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 consuming 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 FERC staff in the final EIS concludes that approval of the projects would result in some adverse environmental impacts; however, these impacts would be reduced to acceptable levels with the implementation of NEXUS’ and Texas Eastern’s proposed mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended by staff in the final EIS.

The NGT Project consists of about 256.6 miles of pipeline composed of the following facilities:

  • 209.8 miles of new 36-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Ohio;
  • 46.8 miles of new 36-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Michigan; and
  • associated equipment and facilities.

The TEAL Project would include:

  • 4.4 miles of new 36-inch-diameter loop pipeline in Ohio;
  • 0.3 mile of new 30-inch-diameter interconnecting pipeline Ohio; and
  • associated equipment and facilities.

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.

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.

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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.