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Algonquin Gas gets green light to build Atlantic Bridge facilities in New York

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told Enbridge Inc.'s Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC that it can build part of its 132,705-Dth/d Atlantic Bridge natural gas pipeline expansion in New York.

The expansion project is designed to increase firm gas transportation to New England and Canadian markets on the Algonquin and Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline LLC systems.

The authorization covers the Stony Point discharge take-up and relay station numbers 0+00 to 100+76 and 102+77 to 212+84, as well as minor route changes. The authorization also lets Algonquin put down contractor yards and permanent access roads. FERC granted the authorization in an Oct. 5 letter.

FERC staff said it determined that Algonquin had met construction conditions in the commission's Jan. 25 order issuing a certificate for the project. Staff also noted that the facilities covered by the authorization had received all federal permits. "In addition, we have determined that Algonquin's September 20, 2017 filing confirms that the New York facilities may provide independent utility towards the project purpose," staff said.

In May, the estimated $452 million Atlantic Bridge project received water permits, including a Clean Water Act Section 401 certification, from New York.

In the expansion, Algonquin is to build 6.3 miles of 42-inch-diameter pipeline to replace parts of a 26-inch-diameter pipeline in Westchester County, N.Y., and Fairfield County, Conn.; a compressor station with one new 7,700-horsepower natural gas-fired compressor unit in Norfolk County, Mass.; and a meter and regulating station in New London County, Conn. Algonquin would also modify three compressor stations in New York and Connecticut, adding 31,950 hp of compression. (FERC docket CP16-9)