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Boardwalk's Gulf South gets OK to start building 1.42-Bcf/d line to Freeport LNG

FERC gave Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP the go-ahead to start construction on a project to deliver natural gas to Freeport LNG Development LP's export terminal under development in Brazoria County, Texas.

The Coastal Bend Header project was approved by FERC on June 20 and is designed to transport up to 1.42 Bcf/d to the liquefaction and export terminal on Quintana Island. Gulf South is a subsidiary of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP.

In addition to allowing the construction of about 66 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline, the Dec. 20 order grants permission to begin constructing meter and regulator stations in Brazoria and Wharton counties and to start piping modifications at the existing Goodrich compressor station in Polk County, Texas.

The project includes the expansion of existing facilities and construction of new pipeline header facilities. The expansion will include the construction and operation of two new compressor stations on Gulf South's Index 129 system in Fort Bend, Harris, Polk and Sabine counties in Texas. That portion is expected to cost about $145 million.

The new header will enable Gulf South to provide the additional capacity from the legacy facilities to Freeport LNG's Stratton Ridge interconnection. The header facilities will include the pipeline lateral and a new compressor station in Texas' Brazoria and Wharton counties, a new compressor station in Wharton County with 83,597 horsepower, and seven new meter and regulating stations at interconnections with interstate and intrastate pipelines. The project is expected to cost about $545 million. (FERC docket CP15-517)

Freeport LNG plans on putting a fourth train into service by January 2020 that would add about 0.7 Bcf/d to the total authorized 1.8 Bcf/d capacity. The project received FERC approval for the first three trains in July 2014 and began construction that October. (FERC dockets PF15-25, CP12-509, CP12-29)