On October 9, 2015, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (TGP), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc., filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its proposed and fully subscribed Orion Project. The proposed $143 million project consists of constructing approximately 13 miles of pipeline looping, (i.e., installation of additional pipe adjacent to and connecting with the existing pipeline), in Pike and Wayne counties, Pennsylvania. In addition, TGP proposes to make minor modifications to one existing compressor station in Pike County, Pennsylvania. No new compression will be required for the Project.
The proposed Orion Project will allow TGP to transport up to 135,000 dekatherms per day of additional firm natural gas capacity on its pipeline system. The Orion Project is supported by long-term binding agreements with three shippers for all of the firm transportation capacity to be created by the project.
The project is expected to generate approximately 275 construction jobs at its peak.
A number of federal and state agencies will be involved with the approval and oversight of the project, including the FERC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Subject to regulatory approvals, construction is anticipated to begin in January 2017, with a June 2018 in-service planned.