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Florida Gas Transmission proposes 12,000-MMBtu/d expansion for utility

Florida Gas Transmission Co. LLC asked federal regulators to approve a pipeline system expansion that would allow an additional 12,000 MMBtu/d of natural gas to reach a Florida gas and electric utility.

Florida Gas Transmission submitted an application under a blanket certificate for its system to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for its Okeechobee expansion project. The approximately $19.5 million project would include 3.4 miles of 36-inch-diameter mainline loop extension along the pipeline's existing West Leg in Hillsborough and Polk counties in Florida, according to a July 26 FERC notice. The expansion would also include an interconnect and other facilities at a meter and regulation station owned by Florida Public Utilities Co. in Martin County, Fla.

Florida Gas and Florida Public Utilities, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corp., entered into a precedent agreement to support the Okeechobee expansion project. Between February and March, Florida Gas held an open season for the project, but no other shippers requested firm transportation services or turned back capacity.

The project would provide firm transportation service capacity to Florida Public Utilities through interconnects with Zone 3 receipt points. The receipt point options include Southeast Supply Header Pipeline LLC interconnects in George County, Miss., or Mobile County, Ala.; an interconnection with Destin Pipeline Co in George County; and an interconnection between Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC and Florida Gas Transmission in Mobile County.

Florida Gas, a Citrus Corp. unit, anticipated a FERC approval in October. The company planned to start construction in early 2019 and expected the work to last about six months. Citrus is owned by subsidiaries of Kinder Morgan Inc. and CrossCountry Citrus LLC, which is an affiliate of Energy Transfer Partners LP. (FERC docket CP18-531)

On July 19, Florida Gas asked FERC to approve another expansion project, which would provide an incremental 60,000 MMBtu/d of transportation capacity on mainline facilities in Santa Rosa County, Fla. (FERC docket CP18-530)