Turbine-Powered Compression For PennEast Pipeline Project

Map courtesy of PennEast Pipeline Co.

PennEast Pipeline Co. has received a favorable Environment Impact Statement (EIS) from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), allowing its proposed PennEast Pipeline Project to move forward in the permitting process.

PennEast has requested authorization to construct and operate a 120-mi. (164-km) greenfield pipeline to provide 1.1 million dekatherms per day of year-round natural gas transportation service from northern Pennsylvania to markets in eastern and southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and surrounding states. The 120 miles would consist of 116 mi. (186 km) of 36-in. (914-mm) diameter pipeline as well as three laterals totaling 4 mi. (6 km), and one new compressor station in Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

According to PennEast, a single compressor station that will serve the entire system providing sufficient throughput with an aggregate of 47,700 hp (365,584 kW) of compression from three gas turbine-driven Solar Mars 100 compressor units. The proposed location for the compressor station is an approximately. Various associated above-ground facilities including interconnects, launchers, receivers, and mainline block valves also will be constructed to support the pipeline system.

The target in-service date for the project facilities is November 1, 2017.