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Texas Eastern gets go-ahead for early service on Lebanon Extension

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Texas Eastern Transmission LP authorization to put into service its 102,000-Dth/d natural gas expansion project that will provide bidirectional service between the Appalachian Basin and the Midwest.

Under the July 26 FERC authorization, the Enbridge Inc. subsidiary can begin service on the Lebanon Extension project at facilities in Warren, Perry and Monroe counties in Ohio. The authorization comes about three months before the originally outlined Nov. 1 in-service date and in plenty of time for the 2017-2018 winter heating season. Texas Eastern requested the earlier in-service date in June after construction beat the developer's original estimates and project shippers asked for service to begin Aug. 1.

The project includes approximately 2.1 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline loop in Monroe County, Ohio; modifications to two compressor stations in Perry and Warren counties in Ohio for bidirectional compression; and interconnections with Boardwalk Pipelines LP's Texas Gas Transmission LLC and with the city of Hamilton, Ohio. Texas Eastern has precedent agreements for gas transportation service with Hamilton and Gulfport Energy Corp.

The commission approved the project in a Dec. 21, 2016, certificate order, along with related Texas Eastern projects Access South and Adair Southwest. The three projects will connect to the same receipt point and will likely be built in the same construction season. Together, the projects will provide approximately 622,000 Dth/d of bidirectional gas transportation capacity on Texas Eastern's mainline system between Appalachian producers and markets in Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi. (FERC docket CP16-3)