FGT Kicks Off Construction of Phase IV Project
Florida Gas Transmission has started construction on its Phase
IV expansion project, which includes a new pipeline to Fort Myers
from Tampa. The project, initiating in Hillsboro and Lee Counties,
FL, will provide 197 MMcf/d of incremental firm transportation
service on an annual basis and will extend FGT's 4,700-mile
existing transmission system by 139 miles.
"Initiation of construction on this expansion reinforces FGT's
ability to meet the growing energy needs of Florida today and
tomorrow," said Rockford G. Meyer, president of FGT. "We are
pleased to make gas available to Southwest Florida for the first
time through our expansion into the Fort Myers area."
With an expected in-service date of May 2001, the $268 million
Phase IV project will add more than 38,000 hp of compression in
Mississippi, Alabama and Florida and 205 miles of pipeline
(laterals and looping).
The start-up of the Phase IV expansion is being scheduled to
coincide with the operation of Florida Power and Light's (FP&L)
repowered gas-fired generation facility in Ft. Myers. FP&L will
be the largest shipper on FGT's latest expansion project. Other
shippers that have signed up for new FGT capacity include: Florida
Power Corp., Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida Municipal Power
Agency, Peoples Gas, Georgia-Pacific Corp., National Gypsum, and
Enron Capital & Trade Resources. All have executed 20-year
To meet the expected surge in gas demand for power generation,
the FGT expansion would tie into Destin Pipeline LLC and
Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line's Citronelle interconnect on its
Mobile Bay Line. These would give Florida customers access to
deep-water gas supplies being developed in the federal offshore
area of the Gulf of Mexico. FGT is expected to add a total of about
600 MMcf/d of incremental mainline capacity in Florida via its VI
and V expansions.
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