FERC has issued a certificate authorizing Texas Eastern Transmission LP (Tetco) to construct and operate a trio of projects that would reverse flow on its mainline to transport 622,000 Dth/d of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales to Midwest and southeastern markets.
The Access South, Adair Southwest and Lebanon Extension projects include the construction of 16.3 miles of pipeline loop on Tetco's mainline, a new 16,875 hp compressor and the modification of 12 existing compressors to send gas out of Pennsylvania and Ohio to the Midwest and Southeast.
Most of the new pipeline would be installed in Noble, Monroe, Athens and Meigs counties, OH. The new compressor unit would be installed at Tetco's existing Tompkinsville station in Kentucky, while other stations would be modified in Perry and Warren counties, OH, to allow bi-directional compression.
Specifically, Access South would provide 320,000 Dth/d and Adair Southwest would provide 200,000 Dth/d. The Lebanon Extension project would provide an additional 102,000 Dth/d of firm capacity. The target in-service date for the projects, which are expected to cost more than $442 million, is November 2017.
Tetco filed for the projects in October 2015, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a favorable environmental assessment in August. The Commission issued the certificate on Wednesday.
Tetco held open seasons for Access South and Adair Southwest in 2014, followed by an open season for the Lebanon Extension the next year. Rice Energy Marketing LLC; Range Resources Appalachia LLC; Gulfport Energy Corp. and Hamilton, OH, all entered binding precedent agreements for firm transportation service on the projects.