Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC (NGPL) has been given a green light by FERC to begin building its Lockridge Extension Pipeline project, which would traverse Ward, Reeves and Pecos counties in Texas’ Permian Basin and provide up to 500,000 Dth/d of firm transportation capacity to a new bidirectional interconnect with Trans-Pecos Pipeline LLC at Waha.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday granted NGPL’s Dec. 13 request to commence construction of the project [CP19-52]. FERC gave formal approval to the project in October.

NGPL proposes to provide long-term firm transportation service to shippers Lucid Energy Delaware LLC (460,000 Dth/d) and EOG Resources Inc. (40,000 Dth/d). The project’s cost is estimated at about $51.6 million.

It calls for building 16.84 miles of 30-inch diameter pipeline and associated infrastructure plus a bidirectional interconnect in Pecos County, which would include two 10-inch diameter ultrasonic meter runs and a 30-inch diameter tap. About 91% of the proposed pipeline extension would be parallel and adjacent to existing utility rights-of-way.

The company plans to begin construction about March 1 and anticipates placing the extension into service in 4Q2020.