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FERC sets back Texas Eastern timeline for 622,000-Dth/d worth of projects

FERC staff plans to issue an environmental assessment this summerfor three Texas Eastern TransmissionLP natural gas projects that would deliver an additional 622,000 Dth/dfrom Pennsylvania to Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi.

FERC staff's schedule for completing the environmental assessment,or EA, anticipates the document will be available Aug. 8 for the Access South, AdairSouthwest and Lebanon Extension projects. Other federal agencies cooperating withFERC will have 90 days following the publication, or until Nov. 6, to finish theirwork on the review. FERC released the schedule in a July 12 notice.

At the time the application was submitted for the projects, TexasEastern asked FERC to issue certificate approvals by July 21 so it could put theminto service by the 2017-2018 winter heating season. That approval date will haveto change with FERC staff's plan to issue the EA in August.

Texas Eastern, a SpectraEnergy Partners LP subsidiary, applied for the Access South, Adair Southwestand Lebanon Extension projectsin October 2015. The projects would provide the additional gas transportation capacityon Texas Eastern's mainline system from Uniontown, Pa., to points in Ohio, Kentuckyand Mississippi.

The projects would include construction of about 15.8 miles of36-inch-diameter pipeline at three places in Meigs and Monroe counties in Ohio andinstallation of 0.5 mile of 16-inch diameter pipeline to replace a portion of pipelinein Attala County, Miss. The projects would also install a 16,875-horsepower compressorunit at a compressor station in Tompkinsville, Ky.; and make modifications to 12compressor stations that would allow for bidirectional flow in Pennsylvania, Ohio,Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

Texas Eastern estimated the total cost of the Access South andAdair Southwest projects to be approximately $383.3 million and the Lebanon Extensionproject to be approximately $59.0 million. (CP16-3)