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Millennium gas pipeline to new NY power plant clears FERC staff review

FERC staff signed off on a Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC proposal to build natural gasfacilities to serve a new power generating facility in southeastern New York.

The Office of Energy Projects staff review concluded that theValley Lateral projectwould not significantly affect the quality of the environment.

"This finding is based on the … environmental analysis,Millennium's application and supplements, and implementation of Millennium's proposedand our recommended mitigation measures," staff wrote May 9 in the project'senvironmental assessment. Staff added that certain mitigating measures should berecommended as conditions to any final approval.

On Nov. 13, 2015, Millennium applied to build and operate facilitiesmaking up the Valley Lateral Project.

The pipeline would deliver approximately 130,000 Dth/d of firmtransportation service to fuel the new CPVValley Energy Center in Wawayanda, N.Y. Competitive Power Ventures hasrequested an in-service date of April 15, 2017, for the plant, which FERC listedas having 650 MW of generation capacity.

For the lateral project, Millennium has proposed to install 7.9miles of new 16-inch-diameter pipeline through Orange County, N.Y., from Millennium'smainline to the facility. The project would also "include pigging facilities,one tap valve and a meter station with associated buried piping between the pigreceiver station and the meter station."

Millennium asked the commission to authorize the Valley Lateralproject by July 12, 2016, to meet the in-service date. Construction is expectedto begin in September 2016, pending FERC and other agencies' approvals and authorizations,and is estimated to last through March 2017.

Millennium Pipeline is owned by subsidiaries of , and (CP16-17)