On May 15, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency charged with overseeing the interstate natural gas pipeline system, granted Millennium's request for Authorization to Commence Service at the Minisink Compressor Station.
"We are delighted to have this project completed and helping to meet the clean energy needs of the region by increasing the amount of natural gas we can deliver," said Millennium President Rocco D'Alessandro. "As more businesses, homes and electric generation facilities convert to natural gas for its substantial economic and environmental benefits, we are working hard to ensure we can get them the gas they need."
During an eight-month construction period, the Minisink Compressor project employed more than 90 local tradespeople at peak, providing much-needed employment for a hard hit region where as many as 40 percent of local construction workers are without employment.
The compressor station and maintenance building occupy only 4-5 acres of a 70-acre rural parcel purchased by Millennium for the project in the town of Minisink. The rest of the property has been retained as buffer for nearby neighbors. The buildings were designed to minimize the sound that will be heard at the nearest properties, which should make the station one of the quietest in the U.S. In addition, more than 100 evergreen trees were planted to further buffer the site.
The key shippers on this project are Southwestern Energy Services Company, WPX Energy and MMGS Inc.