FERC Thursday approved Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s application to increase the compression capacity along its 300 Line to meet the growing demand for interstate natural gas transportation service in the northeastern United States and Canada.

The Rose Lake Expansion Project calls for the addition of 12,630 hp at the pipeline’s Compressor Station 315 near Wellsboro in Tioga County, PA; the addition of 3,661 hp for the expansion component of the project and the replacement of 9,000 hp at the Wyalusing Compressor Station 319 in Bradford County, PA; and the upgrade of an existing compressor and installation of other facilities at Tennessee’s Troy Compressor Station 317, also located in Bradford County (see Shale Daily, Oct. 22, 2012).

The project would provide about 230,000 Dth/d of additional firm transportation capacity along the 300 Line for Marcellus Shale producers in northeastern Pennsylvania to meet the demand of both power generators and local distribution companies throughout Pennsylvania, and in surrounding states and Canada. Tennessee’s 300 mainline traverses northern Pennsylvania and continues into New Jersey, New York and New England.

Tennessee, a pipeline subsidiary of Houston-based Kinder Morgan, held a binding open season in August 2012 for firm capacity on the expansion project, which will provide incremental firm capacity from its Zone 4 receipt points between Stations 321 and 313 to delivery points at its existing interconnection with National Fuel Gas Supply at Rose Lake and the Zone 4 Station 219 Pool.

It said it has executed precedent agreements with Statoil Natural Gas LLC (175,000 Dth/d) and South Jersey Resources Group LLC. The pipeline expects the expansion capacity to be in service on Nov. 1, 2014.