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Enbridge pushes for approval of 2.6-Bcf/d Valley Crossing project

Enbridge Inc.'s Valley Crossing Pipeline LLC asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to immediately authorize its 2.6-Bcf/d natural gas border-crossing pipeline that would deliver fuel to Mexican power plants.

Valley Crossing, which is owned by Enbridge's Spectra Energy Partners LP, asked FERC to issue a presidential permit and a certificate order for the project.

"Timely commission action regarding Valley Crossing is critical due to the very complex construction sequencing required for the installation of the Border Crossing project pipeline facilities and the limited availability of the specialty vessels required to install the pipeline and tie in with third party pipeline facilities at the border with Mexico," Spectra Energy President William Yardley said in the Oct. 4 letter.

Valley Crossing filed its application on Nov. 21, 2016, for an order issuing a presidential permit and granting authorization to the pipeline project. The U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of State told FERC earlier this year that they had no objection to a presidential permit.

FERC staff issued a favorable environmental assessment on June 30 saying the project would not cause significant damage to the environment.

The pipeline would move gas from the Valley Crossing intrastate pipeline system in Texas in the direction of electric power generation plants in Mexico, using a 1,000-foot-long, 42-inch-diameter section of transmission pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico to cross the international boundary between the U.S. and Mexico. (FERC docket CP17-19)