Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC (TGP), a Kinder Morgan company (NYSE: KMI), has filed a certificate application under Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) Project.
The $5 billion NED Project will expand TGP’s existing pipeline system in Pennsylvania, New York, and New England, connecting natural gas supplies from northern Pennsylvania to New York and New England markets. In July, KMI's board of directors authorized TGP to proceed with the NED Project Market Path component and a $3.3 billion investment. A determination has yet to be made by the board on approving the Supply Path component and associated capital.
The NED Project comprises two components, the Supply Path and the Market Path:
The Supply Path component will have a maximum design capacity of 1.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) and consists of 133 miles of 30-in.-diameter pipeline extending from TGP’s existing 300 Line system in northern Pennsylvania to an interconnection with TGP’s 200 Line system and Iroquois Gas Transmission System LP at Wright, New York; and 41 miles of 36-in.-diameter looping pipeline along TGP’s 300 Line in Bradford and Susquehanna counties in Pennsylvania. The Supply Path component also will include the construction and operation of one modified and three new compressor stations, and two new meter stations.
The Market Path component will have a maximum design capacity of 1.3 Bcf/d and consist of 188 miles of 30-in. pipeline extending from Wright, New York, to Dracut, Massachusetts, five delivery laterals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and one pipeline loop in Connecticut. This component also will include the construction and operation of six new compressor stations and 27 new and modified meter and regulator stations. The Market Path component facilities will be owned by Northeast Expansion LLC, which is a joint venture between Kinder Morgan Operating Limited Partnership A, Liberty Utilities (Pipeline & Transmission) Corp., and UIL Holdings Corp. TGP will construct the Market Path component facilities on behalf of the Northeast Expansion LLC.
To ensure timely construction of the NED Project, and in order to complete land acquisition and environmental and cultural resource surveys, TGP requested that the FERC issue requested certificate and abandonment authorizations during the fourth quarter of 2016. Subject to regulatory approvals, TGP proposes to begin certain construction activities in January 2017, in anticipation of placing the project facilities in-service on Nov. 1, 2018.