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Eastern Shore Natural Gas allowed to place part of Del. pipe project in service

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's staff issued authorization for Eastern Shore Natural Gas Co. to place a portion of a Delaware pipeline and compression project into service.

FERC's Office of Energy Projects on June 5 granted the Chesapeake Utilities Corp. subsidiary permission for the 16-inch-diameter Dover Loop pipeline in Kent County, Del. The decision was made after staff conducted a field inspection and received a weekly construction report on the System Reliability project.

"We find that Eastern Shore has adequately stabilized the construction workspace within and around the pipeline loop, and that restoration is proceeding satisfactorily," the letter said.

Eastern Shore asked FERC on May 12 to place the portion in service and supplemented the request June 5. The project is designed to assuage issues with delivery pressures on the pipeline system and is expected to be entirely available for service by July 21, 2018.

The commission issued an authorizing certificate order July 21, 2016. The project includes the Dover Loop and construction and operation of facilities in Delaware's other two counties, New Castle and Sussex. In New Castle County, the project will include 2.5 miles of 16-inch-diameter pipeline loop, while in the work in Sussex County will include the addition of 1,775 horsepower to Eastern Shore's Bridgeville compressor station. (FERC docket CP15-498)