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Texas Eastern applies for pipeline extension for NJ power plant

Texas Eastern Transmission LP applied for federal authorization for a small pipeline project that would help supply a proposed Competitive Power Ventures Inc. power plant in New Jersey with natural gas.

Texas Eastern submitted an abbreviated application for a Natural Gas Act certificate for its Middlesex extension project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 19. The Enbridge Inc. pipeline company asked the commission to approve the project by Sept. 15, 2020, so the company could put it in service as early as Sept. 1, 2021.

The company also asked for initial incremental recourse rates for firm and interruptible gas transportation service on the Middlesex extension.

The extension would open natural gas transportation to interconnects with Williams Cos. Inc.'s Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC mainline and Transco's Woodbridge lateral for ultimate delivery to what Texas Eastern described as a 725-MW, gas-fired, combined-cycle facility at the Woodbridge Energy Center in Woodbridge Township, N.J. The pipeline company said the facility would be owned by CPV Shore Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Competitive Power Ventures, or CPV.

In 2018, CPV confirmed plans to develop a second gas-fired power plant at the existing 779-MW energy center, which came online in 2016. At the time, a CPV executive said he expected the expansion to begin operating in 2023.

The pipeline extension project would consist of over 1.5 miles of 20-inch diameter pipeline, a new metering and regulating station, and other equipment. (FERC docket CP20-30)

At the last FERC open meeting of 2019 on Dec. 19, the commission approved a Texas Eastern replacement project for its pipeline system. The authorization allowed the company to replace two older compressor units with new, more efficient units at the Bernville compressor station in Berks County, Pa. (FERC docket CP19-191)