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FERC authorizes Opatho unit to build most of Risberg Line gas project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved RH Energytrans LLC's request to proceed with construction on much of its 55,000-Dth/d Risberg Line gas pipeline project.

FERC staff in a Jan. 16 letter let the Opatho Gas Trans LLC unit proceed with construction on project facilities in Crawford and Erie counties in Pennsylvania and in Ashtabula County, Ohio. The partial construction authorization excluded the County Line compressor station in Erie County.

The pipeline project, estimated to cost $86 million when RH Energytrans applied for it, will consist of about 60 miles of new 8-inch-diameter and 12-inch-diameter pipeline. It will deliver natural gas from northwestern Pennsylvania to northeastern Ohio markets. The project will include building two compressor stations, metering and regulating stations, and modifications to an existing compressor station.

FERC approved the project in a December 2018 certificate order, after commission staff issued a positive environmental review for the project in June 2018. RH Energytrans applied for the project in October 2017. (FERC docket CP18-6)