Tennessee Gets Extension on Eastern Express Project
FERC last week gave Tennessee Gas Pipeline an extension until
June 1, 2001 to complete construction of its Eastern Express
Project 2000 expansion.
In requesting the project delay earlier this month, Tennessee
said that due to "unanticipated delays in receiving state and local
permits," it was not able to begin construction on Compressor
Station Nos. 261 and 266A until mid-August --- more than four
months later than it had planned. As a result, "the installation of
the compressor units and automation set-up cannot take place before
mid-winter when demand is highest," Tennessee said, adding that it
could "possibly jeopardize" service to existing customers if done
The mostly compression expansion would add 288 MDth/d to
Tennessee's system in Zone 6, providing an outlet for natural gas
transported over the joint Maritimes & Northeast
Pipeline/Portland Natural Gas Transportation System (PNGTS)
facilities in the New England region. Tennessee's system would be
expanded from an interconnection with the PNGTS/Maritimes joint
system at Dracut and Haverhill, MA, to delivery points at Milford
and Meriden, CT, and Mendon, MA.
Separately, the Commission also granted Alliance Pipeline's
request for a brief delay in its in-service date of "up to and
including" Nov. 15. Alliance sought the delay because of "moisture
and construction debris" that it has encountered, which has forced
it to shut down its system for short periods to "clean out
accumulated debris," and has prevented it from running its system
at the volume necessary to "adequately test the reliability of the
compressors," the company said.
Last week, sponsors of the Millennium Pipeline advised FERC of a
new start-up date for their project --- Nov. 1, 2002.
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