FGT Expansion Receives FERC Nod
FERC yesterday issued a preliminary determination (PD) for
Florida Gas Transmission's Phase IV mainline expansion project in
which it seeks to meet the growing gas needs of the burgeoning
power generation market in Florida.
The project calls for the construction of 205 miles of pipeline
and associated compression facilities in Mississippi, Alabama and
Florida, which when combined with turned-back capacity on FGT's
system, would enable the pipeline to provide about 327,000 MMBtu/d
of additional firm service.
Shippers that have signed up for new capacity include mostly
utilities: Florida Power and Light (FP&L), Florida Power,
Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida Municipal Power Agency,
Peoples Gas System, Georgia-Pacific Corp., National Gypsum, and
Enron Capital & Trade Resources.
The $350 million expansion has a proposed in-service date of May
1, 2001. The start-up is scheduled to coincide with the operation
of FP&L's planned 1,500 MW combined-cycle power plant, which
will have three times the capability of its two existing oil-fired
steam generators. FP&L is the largest shipper on FGT's Phase IV
project, with its maximum season daily contract demand ranging from
100,000 MMBtu/d to 255,000 MMBtu/d.
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