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National Fuel gets extension for project to boost deliveries to petrochem site

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. more time to expand its pipeline system in Pennsylvania, which would allow it to deliver an additional 133,000 Dth/d to a petrochemical facility.

FERC staff issued the National Fuel Gas Co. subsidiary a nearly four-month extension for the Line N to Monaca project in Beaver and Washington counties, Pa., giving the company until Sept. 20 to complete construction and put the project in service. The construction of the facilities was previously required to be finished by May 30, but National Fuel filed for an extension on April 29.

In March 2018, National Fuel submitted an application with FERC for the project, designed to transport additional gas supplies to a Shell Energy North America (US) LP industrial facility in Beaver County. The project would consist of about 4.5 miles of 12-inch-diameter pipeline, a pipeline connection, a metering and regulating station, and modifications to existing facilities. National Fuel would get the additional gas from a pooling point on its Line N system and an interconnection with Texas Eastern Transmission LP.

National Fuel had anticipated beginning construction in September 2018 to meet the targeted in-service date. However, the project had hit a roadblock in June 2018 when the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said an application for a water quality permit was incomplete. The state's Department of Transportation also requested National Fuel to shift its pipeline out of the Interstate 376 right of way. The pipeline reroute needed new temporary workspace, landowner approval and FERC clearance of the variance request, which delayed the start of construction by five months to February. (FERC docket CP18-135)