The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. (Tennessee Gas) the necessary approval to begin construction associated with its Susquehanna West Project. On April 2, 2015, Tennessee Gas, a Kinder Morgan company, filed its initial FERC application to construct, install, modify, operate, and maintain pipeline and compression facilities located in Pennsylvania, USA, that will increase east-to-west natural gas delivery capacity in the region by approximately 145,000 dekatherms.
The proposed project involves the following:
- Constructing approximately 8 miles (13 km) of new 36-in. (91-cm) diameter pipeline looping along and adjacent to Tennessee’s existing right-of-way for its Line 300 in Tioga and Bradford Counties, Pennsylvania.
- Making certain piping and equipment modifications associated with the pipeline loops at its existing Compressor Station 315, Compressor Station 317 (CS 317), and Compressor Station 319 (CS 319), located in Charleston Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, and Troy Township and Wyalusing Township, both located in Bradford County Pennsylvania, respectively.
- Relocating an existing 16,000 hp (11,936 kW) Solar Mars 100 compressor unit from CS 319 to CS 317, resulting in an increase of 16,000 hp at CS 317.
- Replacing an existing Solar Mars 100 compressor unit at CS 319 with a new 20,500 hp (18,650 kW) Solar Titan 130 compressor unit, which will result in a net increase of 4500 hp (3357 kW) at CS 319.
Tennessee Gas plans to place the new facilities in-service no later than November 1, 2017.