Green Light For Northern Lights 2019 Expansion Project

Map courtesy of Northern Natural Gas Co.

Northern Natural Gas Co. (Northern Natural) has received a favorable Environmental Assessment from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), allowing its Northern Lights 2019 Expansion Project to move forward.

The project is required to provide additional gas for customers associated with increased energy needs in Minnesota, USA, that cannot be met by its existing infrastructure. The project will span several counties in Minnesota, USA, and will allow Northern Natural to deliver 101,411 dekatherms per day of incremental peak day capacity.

The Northern Lights 2019 Expansion will include the construction of a new compressor station (Carver Compressor Station) and modifications to the existing Faribault and Owatonna Compressor Stations.

The Carver Compressor Station will utilize one 11,153-hp (8320-kW) Solar Taurus 70-108202S gas turbine-powered compressor.

The Faribault Compressor Station will utilize one 15,900-hp (11,861-kW) Solar Mars 100-16000S gas turbine-powered compressor.

The Owatonna Compressor Station will utilize one 15,900-hp Solar Mars 100-16000S gas turbine-powered compressor.

In addition, Northern Natural will construct the following:

  • A 10-mi. (16-km), 24-inch (609-mm) diameter pipeline in Hennepin and Wright Counties;
  • A 4-mi. (6.4-km), 8-inch (203-mm) diameter extension of the existing Alexandria branch line loop in Morrison County;
  • A 1.6-mi. (2.5-km), 6-inch (152-mm) diameter loop of the existing New Prague branch line in Le Sueur County;
  • A 3.1-mi. (4.9-km), 24-inch (609-mm) diameter extension of the existing Willmar C-line in Carver County.