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FGT Gulf Coast Project Would Serve LNG Players

Florida Gas Transmission (FGT) has filed at FERC for its East-West Project, which would add laterals to its system to serve demand in the U.S. Gulf Coast, where exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are growing.

FGT said it has agreements with JERA Energy America LLC (formerly Chubu US Gas Trading LLC) and Shell Energy North America (US) LP to provide 100,000 MMBtu/d and 175,000 MMBtu/d of transportation capacity, respectively. JERA and Shell Energy North America are active in LNG markets (see Daily GPIJune 13Oct. 8, 2015). The project would create an average of 275,000 MMBtu/d, FGT told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [CP17-8].

East-West would add 24.7 miles of new laterals and connection pipeline, four metering stations, auxiliary and appurtenant facilities, and it would modify station piping at one compressor station. The project is in the pipeline's Western Division in the Texas Gulf Coast market.

In Acadiana Parish, LA, the project would create the Eunice-ANR Lateral and a metering and regulating (M&R) receipt point. In Calcasieu Parish, LA, it would create the Gillis-Trunkline M&R receipt point. In Jefferson County, TX, it would create the Port Arthur Lateral and Port Arthur-Motiva M&R delivery point; and in Matagorda and Wharton counties, TX, it would create the Wilson Lateral and Wilson-Coastal Bend M&R delivery point.

East-West would offer service from the two proposed receipt points and one existing receipt point in Louisiana to two proposed points of delivery interconnected with FGT's existing system in Texas. The proposed facilities are designed to deliver 175,000 MMBtu/d and 100,000 MMBtu/d of gas to the Port Arthur-Motiva and Wilson-Coastal Bend delivery points, respectively.

"JERA has elected to receive gas from FGT's existing connection with Columbia Gulf Lafayette for delivery to the proposed Wilson-Coastal Bend M&R Station," FGT told FERC. "Shell has elected to receive gas from the proposed Gillis-Trunkline and Eunice-ANR receipt points, with delivery to the Port Arthur-Motiva M&R Station."

Additional capacity was offered during a binding open season, but FGT told the Commission it did not receive any additional commitments.

The East-West project is expected to cost about $68.9 million. FGT is a unit of Citrus LLC, a joint venture of Kinder Morgan Inc. and Energy Transfer Partners LP.

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