FERC told Columbia Gas Transmission LLC that it can put intoservice its 205-MMcf/d Utica Access natural gas project, another piece ofinfrastructure designed to move more Appalachian gas to market.
Rich McGuire, director of FERC's Division of Gas —Environment and Engineering, delivered the authorization in a Sept. 29 letterto TransCanadaCorp.'s ColumbiaPipeline Group Inc. Senior Counsel William Sala. McGuire said thecommission staff checked out the project and found that rehabilitation andstabilization of construction areas was going well.
In January, Columbia Pipeline Group that FERC granted Columbia Gasa certificate to build and operate the Utica Access project in West Virginia.FERC also approved the connected Monroe-to-Cornwell project proposed byDominion Resources Inc.'sDominion TransmissionInc. Columbia Gas planned to put its project in service in thefourth quarter.
The Utica Access project will allow Columbia Gas to deliverup to 205 MMcf/d of Utica Shale gas to the Appalachia Pool on its system. Theproject involves construction of about five miles of new 24-inch pipeline andaccessory facilities. FERC had extended the environmental review of the project a coupleof times, along with the review of the connected project. The Utica Access andMonroe-to-Cornwell projects received certificates in a single order issued Dec.30, 2015. (CP15-7, CP15-87)