The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has cleared a National Fuel Gas Co. (NFG) subsidiary to start construction on the FM100 natural gas pipeline expansion and modernization project. 

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NFG said it would start construction early next month and expects to bring the project online by the end of the year.

FM100 would boost natural gas takeaway capacity between NFG’s producing assets in northwestern Pennsylvania and the New York City area. It would modernize a portion of the existing pipeline system and create 330,000 Dth/d of incremental capacity. The project is fully subscribed by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. 

FM100 includes installing 29.5 miles of 20-inch diameter pipeline, as well as two compressor stations and associated facilities in Pennsylvania’s Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, McKean and Potter counties. The project would utilize emission controls, including vent gas recovery systems at the new compressor stations, which are expected to limit NFG’s carbon footprint.

FM100 also provides additional capacity as NFG’s Northern Access expansion project remains on hold after opposition from New York regulators.