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Adelphia Gateway hoping to upsize capacity on Pa. gas pipeline expansion project

A New Jersey Resources Corp. unit wants to increase the capacity of a segment of a Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline project that will carry Marcellus gas supplies to the Philadelphia market.

Adelphia Gateway, LLC on Aug. 31 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for clearance to increase the design capacity of its Zone North A segment from 175,000 Dth/d to 250,000 Dth/d, and adjust its rates given the change. The filing is an amendment to an earlier application.

The Adelphia Gateway project will connect to the Texas Eastern Transmission LP and Columbia Gas Transmission LLC systems and be able to move gas from the Bethlehem, Pa. area to the Philadelphia region. The 84-mile project involves converting a 50-mile portion of an existing oil line to gas service.

"After continued consultations with the design engineers, Adelphia has determined that it can flow on a firm basis 75,000 Dth/d of gas from Zone North A into Zone South," the filing said. "Adelphia is filing this amendment to reflect an increased design capacity on Zone North A from 175,000 Dth/d to 250,000 Dth/d. In light of this proposed capacity increase, Adelphia is modifying its proposed initial recourse rates to reflect an increase in billing determinants used in the design of the transportation rates for Zone North A."

The project would also carry 350,000 Dth/d in another northern zone and 250,000 Dth/d through Zone South facilities. Adelphia asked FERC to approve both the application and the amendment by Nov. 15. The developer submitted an abbreviated application for the project Jan. 12. (FERC docket CP18-46)