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FERC OKs Northern Natural's request to move in-service deadline on Iowa project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Northern Natural Gas Co.'s request to push the completion deadline of a natural gas transportation expansion project in Iowa to the end of the year.

The Lake Mills project, which included plans to build a natural gas compressor station and abandon a short segment of pipeline within Worth County in northern Iowa, was scheduled to be completed and in service by May 24. Northern Natural received FERC approval for the project in May 2017 but delayed construction for several months to avoid potentially unsafe winter working conditions.

Northern Natural asked FERC to move the deadline to December to allow for sufficient construction time and to meet the contracted in-service date of Nov. 1.

FERC staff wrote in a May 2 letter that the company's plan of placing the project in service within one year of its authorization was not feasible and extended the deadline to Dec. 31.

The Lake Mills project is a part of the company's Northern Lights 2017 expansion and upgrade project. (FERC docket CP17-76)