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National Fuel Gas seeks approval to boost deliveries to Shell petrochemical site

National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to expand part of its system in Pennsylvania, allowing it to deliver an additional 133,000 Dth/d to a Shell Energy North America (US) LP industrial facility.

The Line N to Monaca project would consist of about 4.5 miles of 12-inch-diameter pipeline, a metering and regulating station, an interconnection, and modifications to existing facilities, according to the March 23 filing.

The project, which would run through parts of Beaver and Washington counties in southwest Pennsylvania, was proposed in response to a request from Shell for its affiliate Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC, which has an agreement for the entire project's increased capacity. Shell Chemical would use the incremental firm transportation service for its petrochemical complex in Beaver County. The additional gas would come from an interconnection with Texas Eastern Transmission LP and a pooling point on National Fuel's Line N system to the new metering and regulating station at the Shell facility.

The project also will require updates to National Fuel's Buffalo compressor station in Washington County. The modifications at the compressor station would not affect horsepower or increase the compression capacity of the station.

National Fuel Gas Supply, a subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Co., said the project has a targeted start date of September for construction, allowing for an in-service date of about June 1, 2019.

The project is estimated to cost $20.2 million, financed with internally generated funds or short-term bank loans. (FERC docket CP18-135)