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UGI Sunbury gas line ready to serve Panda Power's upcoming Hummel Station

FERC authorized UGI Sunbury to put its 200,000-Dth/d Sunbury natural gas pipeline into service in Pennsylvania, which means the line should be ready to move gas to Panda Power Funds LP's Panda Hummel Station in 2017.

J. Rich McGuire, director of the FERC Division of Gas - Environment and Engineering, gave the authorization in a Dec. 23 letter to Tony Cox, vice president of midstream services at UGI Energy Services Inc. McGuire said a Dec. 12 inspection by FERC staff showed that UGI Sunbury had stabilized the construction zone and was restoring the area. UGI Sunbury is a subsidiary of UGI Energy Services, a subsidiary of UGI Corp.

FERC approved the $178.2 million Sunbury pipeline in April. The pipeline is 35 miles long and 20 inches in diameter. Its primary customer will be the 1,124-MW Panda Hummel Station plant, which is under construction and expected to be complete in December 2017. Hummel Station is a combined-cycle, gas-fired power plant on the site of the closed coal-fired Sunbury plant near Shamokin Dam in Snyder County, Pa. The Sunbury pipeline would also serve homes and businesses in central Pennsylvania, supporting parts of the UGI Utilities Inc. distribution system that lie along the route. (CP15-525)

UGI Energy Services is a partner in the proposed PennEast gas pipeline project between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.