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Re-route pushes back schedule for Kinder Morgan's Triad pipeline project

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Re-route pushes back schedule for Kinder Morgan's Triad pipeline project

FERC staff pushed back the date for completing an environmentalreview of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.'sproposed Triad naturalgas pipeline expansion project to the summer.

In an April 5 notice, the commission released the staff's revisedschedule for the environmental assessment, or EA. The staff plans to issue the EAon June 15, instead of April 6as previously scheduled. Cooperating federal agencies will have until Sept. 13 tocomplete their own work on the project review.

New information concerning a route variation prompted the revisedschedule. Tennessee Gas also made adjustments to the project's workspace.

"Tennessee [Gas] is proposing the re-route of a portionof the project pipeline loop primarily to accommodate landowner requests,"Tennessee Gas said in a Feb. 12 letter to FERC.

The proposed route variation, about 1.8 miles in length, wouldshift the original route from the north side to the south side of Tennessee Gas'existing 300 Line. The change would reduce the need for permanent right of way byapproximately 2.8 acres, since it would use more of an existing easement, and itwould eliminate impacts to three landowners while affecting no new landowners.

The Kinder MorganInc. subsidiary applied for the project in June 2015. At the time, thecompany requested that FERC approve the project by the end of May 2016 so it couldput the project in service by November 2017. Tennessee Gas estimated the total costof the project at about $87.4 million.

The Triad expansion project would transport an additional 180,000Dth/d of natural gas to a new gas-fired power plant in Lackawanna County, Pa. Theproject would include construction, installation and operation of approximatelyseven miles of new 36-inch-diameter pipeline loop, a pig launcher and receiver,a new odorant site and related infrastructure. (CP15-520)