Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (Tennessee), a Kinder Morgan company, received a certificate order authorizing its MPP Project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Aug. 9, 2012. The MPP Project, once constructed, will provide approximately 240,000 dekatherms per day of incremental firm transportation capacity from the developing production region along its existing 300 Line system to serve established markets, including markets in the Northeast United States.
The MPP Project facilities include the installation of approximately 7.9 miles of 30-inch-diameter, high-quality steel pipe looping (looping is additional pipeline installed adjacent or near an existing pipeline and connecting to the existing pipeline) on Tennessee’s 300 Line in Potter County, Pennsylvania. Also planned are modifications and upgrades at four existing compressor stations on Tennessee’s 300 Line system in Mercer, Venango, McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania.
To minimize disturbance, pipeline looping will follow an existing Tennessee pipeline corridor wherever practicable and legally permitted. Permitting, construction, operation, and maintenance will meet all applicable safety and environmental regulations. Negotiations for any additional easement rights or temporary workspace that are needed for the MPP Project are on a case-by-case basis with affected landowners.
The Project is intended to meet increased demand for natural gas transportation capacity at specific points and will serve utilities and deliver natural gas to other interconnecting pipelines. The MPP Project is separate from, but complements, other Tennessee projects in the region, including the 300 Line Project, which was placed into service in late 2011 and the Northeast Upgrade Project, which has been certificated by the FERC in a separate proceeding but which has yet to start construction. The Northeast Upgrade Project has been granted a FERC Certificate and, pending receipt of all regulatory approvals, is scheduled to be placed in-service in November 2013.
After all regulatory approvals are received for the MPP Project, construction is anticipated to occur primarily in summer 2013, with selective tree clearing occurring in early 2013. The anticipated in-service date for the MPP Project is Nov. 1, 2013.