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FERC gives Columbia Gulf more time on Cameron Access line

Columbia Gulf Transmission LLC will have another year to complete the pipeline that will feed the Cameron liquefaction and LNG export terminal in Louisiana with up to 800,000 Dth/d of natural gas.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a request Oct. 3 for more time to finish the project. Columbia Gulf made the request after construction on the Cameron Access pipeline encountered weather-related delays, including over 70 inches of rainfall "since the start of construction" that resulted in "flooded ground conditions." Columbia Gulf, part of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc., will now have until Sept. 17, 2018, to get the pipeline ready for service.

FERC issued a certificate order for the project on Sept. 17, 2015. At the time, the project was estimated to cost $309.9 million. FERC authorized construction activity for the project in October 2016.

The project will include about 34 miles of 30-inch and 36-inch pipeline, a new meter station, and a new 12,260-horsepower compressor station. The facilities will be built in Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes in Louisiana. (FERC docket CP15-109)

The Cameron LNG export project, the product of a joint venture that includes Sempra Energy, is expected to enter service in 2019 after encountering its own delays.