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Texas Eastern Gets FERC Thumbs-Up For Gulf Markets Expansion Project

FERC has approved the Gulf Markets Expansion Project, a bidirectional expansion by Spectra Energy Partners LP's Texas Eastern Transmission LP (Tetco) that would have capacity to move 650,000 Dth/d from Appalachia and South Texas to the Gulf Coast.

An environmental assessment for the project was issued in October (see Daily GPIAug. 20; April 2) [CP15-90]. Documents filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in August showed that the Commission told officials with the Mississippi and Ohio branch offices of the Department of Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that FERC did not believe the project would harm several endangered species in those two states, and asked if they concurred with that assessment; they did so in separate follow-up letters.

According to Texas Eastern's initial filing with FERC in February (see Daily GPI, March 5), the project will add receipt point capacity of 350,000 Dth/d in Market Zone 2, enhancing access to supplies from the Marcellus and Utica production areas; 150,000 Dth/d in Market Zone 1; and 150,000 Dth/d in Zone STX, providing additional capacity for growing gas supplies from production areas in Texas.

It would also include additional delivery point capacity of 150,000 Dth/d in Zone M1; and 500,000 Dth/d in Zone WLA, including capacity at Texas Eastern's interconnection with Golden Triangle Storage and the Cameron Interstate Pipeline.

Texas Eastern plans to allow for bidirectional compression at stations in Scioto County, OH; Bath County, KY; Giles County, TN; Monroe County, MS; Beauregard Parish, LA; and Saint Landry Parish, LA. At existing launchers and receivers in Franklin County, MS, bidirectional in-line inspection would be added, while additional compressor units would be added in Lavaca County, TX, and Saint Landry Parish, and gas chromatographs would be added in Pointe Coupee Parish, LA.

Texas Eastern plans to have the $149.1 million project enter service in two phases: in November 2016 and August 2017.

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