Connecticut Expansion Project
On March 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (TGP), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the company’s proposed Connecticut Expansion Project (CT Expansion). The project received an Environmental Assessment from the FERC in October 2015.
On April 12, 2017, the FERC approved TGP’s notice to proceed requests for tree clearing and full construction.
The project will upgrade TGP’s existing system within New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The expansion project is developed to meet increased demand in the U.S. Northeast for transportation capacity for natural gas, a clean, environmentally friendly energy source produced domestically.
The project consists of approximately 13.42 miles of 24-inch and 36-inch diameter pipeline looping in Albany County, N.Y., Berkshire and Hampden Counties, Mass. and Hartford County, Conn., minor modifications at one compressor station in Mass., and installation of minor appurtenant facilities. Looping involves the installation of new pipeline segments adjacent to and connecting with existing pipeline to add incremental capacity. A benefit of looping a pipeline is that land and environmental/habitat disturbance can be kept at a minimum.
Gas utilities Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation, Yankee Gas Services Company and Southern Connecticut Gas Company have signed long term agreements with TGP for the additional transportation capacity that the CT Expansion Project will add to the TGP system. The CT Expansion Project will provide approximately 72,100 dekatherms per day of additional firm transportation capacity.
The cost of the project is approximately $93 million, and it would create an estimated 175 temporary construction jobs.
The project is expected to be placed into service on November 1, 2017.