Nexus Gas Transmission on Wednesday was granted Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval to begin flowing natural gas on the 255-mile Nexus line, which crosses northern Ohio bound for southern Michigan.
FERC granted Nexus’ Sept. 17 request for permission to start using the 36-inch line, a related compressor station and metering facilities.
In a letter, FERC said recent construction reports and third-party monitoring showed Nexus “has adequately stabilized the areas disturbed by construction and that restoration is now proceeding satisfactorily.”
Nexus has committed to completing restoration as close to Oct. 31 as possible, according to the FERC letter, reviewed by Kallanish Energy.
FERC’s decision means Nexus can ship roughly 1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas, representing nearly two-thirds of the pipeline’s 1.5 Bcf/d capacity.
Nexus has said it would submit separate requests to operate other parts of the pipeline.And another update from Reuters:
In a filing with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Enbridge asked to place into service the Wadsworth compressor station in Medina County, Ohio, and the Clyde compressor station in Sandusky County, Ohio. The company said it mechanically completed both stations last week.
NEXUS is one of several gas pipelines designed to connect growing output in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio with customers in other parts of the United States and Canada.
Earlier in October, FERC allowed Enbridge to put facilities into service that would enable the pipeline to transport about 0.97 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd).
One billion cubic feet of gas is enough to fuel about 5 million homes for a day.
Once the 255-mile (410-km) NEXUS project is fully in service, it will be able to carry up to 1.5 bcfd of gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields to the U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast and Ontario in Canada.
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