FERC staff said it plans to issue an environmental assessment (EA) for American Midstream LLC’s planned Natchez Pipeline on Nov. 6. The natural gas project would serve customers on the company’s Midla Pipeline, which is to be abandoned.

As proposed by American Midstream, the Natchez Project would consist of 51.96 miles of 12-inch diameter pipeline traversing portions of Franklin, Catahoula and Concordia parishes in Louisiana and Adams County in Mississippi [CP15-523].

There would also be a half-mile, four-inch diameter delivery lateral at milepost 46.83 in Concordia Parish as specified in a stipulation agreement in Docket Nos. RP14-638, et al. on April 16, 2015 (see Daily GPI, Dec. 15, 2014).

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission previously approved American Midstream’s abandonment of about 370 miles of the Midla pipeline along with associated laterals from the Desiard Compressor Station in Ouachita Parish, LA, to a point near Scottlandville in East Baton Rogue Parish, LA.

Among conditions of the abandonment approval, the company agreed to continue to serve customers with delivery points from Winnsboro, LA, to the Natchez, MS, area through the Natchez Pipeline. Once the Natchez Pipeline is in service, American Midstream will be able to abandon its existing pipeline system, FERC said.