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Tallgrass Energy Announces Open Season for Expansion on Pony Express Pipeline
Tallgrass Energy, LP, through its affiliate Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, LLC , today announced a binding open season soliciting shipper commitments for crude oil transportation from a new origin near Carpenter, Wyo., to Pony Express destinations in Colorado. Based on commitments received in this binding open season, Pony Express plans to build approximately 25 miles of new 12-inch pipeline from the Hereford origin to the new origin point in Wyoming, expanding capacity from Wyoming to Sterling, Colo., on the Pony Express system. Pony Express expects the new pipeline to be in-service in Q2 2020. The open season will run from Nov. 20, 2019, to Jan. 20, 2020.
Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Pursuing Expansion
A regulatory hearing was recently held to determine whether Dakota Access LLC can nearly double the flow of its oil pipeline through North Dakota. The projected project has reignited an argument with the nearby Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The North Dakota Public Service Commission will decide at a later date whether owner Dakota Access LLC, controlled by Texas-based Energy Transfer LP, can build a pump station as part of an upgrade to boost pipeline capacity from 570,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.1 million bpd. The industry sees the extra capacity as critical to handling expanding crude output from the Bakken shale play. DAPL is a 1,172-mile pipeline carrying light oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to an Illinois oil terminal. Construction would take eight to 10 months, starting in spring 2020.
Receives FERC Approval for Southeastern Trail Expansion Project to Serve Growing Demand for Natural Gas in Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.
Williams reported that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the Southeastern Trail expansion project designed to serve Transco pipeline markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. in time for the 2020/2021 winter heating season. The Southeastern Trail expansion project will provide 296,375 dekatherms per day of additional firm transportation capacity to utility and local distribution companies located in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Once complete, the project will help meet growing clean energy demands in the Southeast, as well as provide access to new sources of clean domestic natural gas supply, helping push out of the energy mix less environmentally friendly sources of fuel, while enhancing system reliability. The Southeastern Trail expansion project will consist of approximately 7.7 miles of 42-inch pipeline looping facilities in Virginia, horsepower additions at existing compressor stations in Virginia, and piping and valve modifications on other existing facilities in South Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana to allow for bi-directional flow. Once complete, the project will result in a net reduction of air emissions as legacy facilities are modified with state-of-the-art horsepower technology. Customers served by the project are PSNC Energy, South Carolina Electric & Gas, Virginia Natural Gas, the City of Buford, Georgia, and the City of LaGrange, Georgia. Following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, Williams anticipates beginning construction on the Southeastern Trail expansion project in the fall of 2019 with a target in-service commitment of November 2020. The Southeastern Trail project is Williams’ third Transco project to be approved by FERC in the last ten months. With this expansion, the Transco pipeline’s system-design capacity is expected to increase to 17.5 million dekatherms per day from its current 17.2 million dekatherms per day mark. Combined with other expansion projects under construction or in various levels of permitting, Williams expects the Transco pipeline’s system-design capacity to top 18 million dekatherms per day in time for the 2020/2021 winter heating season.
Whistler Pipeline Consortium Announces Binding Open Season for the Whistler Pipeline
Whistler Pipeline LLC announced the beginning of a binding Open Season to solicit commitments for the remaining capacity on the Whistler Pipeline. The Whistler Pipeline will transport approximately 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas through approximately 450 miles of 42-inch pipeline from Waha, Texas, to the Agua Dulce area in South Texas. The Open Season will commence on Friday, November 15, 2019 and conclude at 5:00 PM CST on Monday December 16, 2019. Whistler Pipeline may, at its sole discretion, extend the duration of the Open Season at any time during the Open Season. The Whistler Pipeline is an approximately 450-mile, 42-inch intrastate pipeline (the “Whistler Mainline”) that will transport natural gas from an interconnect with the Waha Header near Coyanosa, Texas in the Permian Basin to a terminus near Agua Dulce, Texas, providing direct access to South Texas markets and consumers. An approximately 50-mile 36-inch lateral will provide connectivity for gas processors in the Midland Basin. The pipeline will have transportation capacity of 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). Whistler Pipeline has contracted for the supply of the entirety of 42”/36” steel pipeline needed to complete the project and is on schedule in its completion of survey along the planned route and acquisition of appropriate permits for a summer 2021 in-service date. Construction will commence in 2020.
MoGas Pipeline Announces Open Season
MoGas Pipeline, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc., announced an open season to solicit interest in firm transportation capacity on its interstate natural gas pipeline in Missouri and Illinois. Non-binding expressions of interests are due from interested customers by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Dec. 13, 2019. MoGas is considering an expansion of the capacity of its natural gas pipeline system to approximately 200,000 dekatherms per day (Dt/day) from its current capacity of 125,000 Dt/day. Based on the timing of required permitting and construction activities, MoGas expects that the natural gas pipeline expansion would be operational in the fourth quarter of 2020. MoGas owns an approximately 263-mile FERC-regulated interstate natural gas pipeline system serving the St. Louis area and central Missouri, which delivers natural gas to both investor-owned and municipal local distribution systems. MoGas has pipeline receipt and delivery interconnects with Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (REX), Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, LP (PEPL) and Enable Mississippi River Transmission, LLC (MRT).