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FERC allows construction on Millennium Pipeline system upgrade

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC to build most of its 223,000-Dth/d Eastern System Upgrade natural gas pipeline project in New York.

FERC approved in a Dec. 19 letter the pipeline company's request to begin construction on project facilities in Orange, Sullivan, Delaware and Rockland counties in New York.

The authorization omitted pipeline facilities in part of Huckleberry Ridge State Forest, as described in Millennium's filing. FERC said Millennium should file a New York permit with the company's next request to the commission for construction at this last location.

FERC approved the estimated $275 million upgrade project Nov. 28. The project is designed to provide additional firm gas transportation service on the Millennium system for local distribution companies and towns. Nine shippers have booked 202,500 Dth/d of capacity, and Millennium is marketing the remainder. In its approval, FERC said the project must be ready for service by the end of November 2019.

Millennium, owned by TransCanada Corp.'s Columbia Gas Transmission LLC and by National Grid USA and DTE Energy Co., applied for the upgrade in July 2016.

The project facilities include 7.8 miles of 30-inch and 36-inch pipeline loop between Millennium's Corning compressor station and an interconnection with Enbridge Inc.'s Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC pipeline in Ramapo, N.Y.; a new 22,400-horsepower compressor station; and upgrades at existing compressor stations. (FERC docket CP16-486)