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Algonquin cleared to begin work on additional supply pipe to New England, Canada

FERC staff gave Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC permission to begin building its Atlantic Bridge gas project connecting points in New Jersey and New York with New England and Canada's Maritime provinces.

Staff said in a March 27 notice that Algonquin can begin constructing project facilities in Connecticut, including a new meter station and parts of the 42-inch-diameter mainline take-up and relay pipeline. FERC staff also approved Algonquin to place the permitted Connecticut facilities in service.

They added that authority has not yet been issued for construction activities to begin on other portions of the project. Algonquin requested permission to begin building these facilities March 14.

FERC issued an authorizing certificate order for the approximately $451.8 million Atlantic Bridge project Jan. 25. The project is intended to transport additional gas supplies on Algonquin's Maritimes & Northeast pipeline system to New England and the Maritimes. The project would allow for 132,705 Dth/d of gas supplies to flow from Algonquin's receipt points in New Jersey and New York.

Sponsored by Algonquin and Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline LLC, the expansion project has an initial in-service date in November.

The project would include 6.3 miles of mainline take-up and relay pipeline through New York and Connecticut. Other facilities would include a new compressor station in Massachusetts; two new compressor units at stations in Connecticut; and modifications to compressor stations and certain meter stations in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine.

Algonquin is a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. after a merger between Enbridge and Algonquin's former parent company, Spectra Energy Corp. (FERC docket CP16-9)