New England study calls for gas pipeline construction


By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, Feb. 6�The Northeast could be short of electricity during peak winter demand as early as 2003 and unserved capacity could reach 3,000 Mw in 2005, unless the region moves quickly to build new gas pipelines, says a study commissioned by the New England grid operator.

New England is expected to get 45% of its electricity from gas-fueled power plants by 2005, compared to 16% in 1999, raising questions about the adequacy of the pipeline infrastructure in the region. Presently, power plants totaling more than 6,700 Mw are under construction throughout the six-state region, all using natural gas as the primary fuel source.

While no constraints on interstate pipelines are expected this winter, the study performed by Boston consultants Levitan & Associates Inc. for Independent Service Operator New England Inc. (ISO), projects 1,700 Mw of gas-fired generation could be affected during peak winter power demand in 2003. During the coldest part of the winter, there may not be sufficient capacity to satisfy demands of both gas utilities and gas-fired generators, the study found.

Stephen G. Whitley, ISO New England's vice-president of system operations, said the findings are of concern.

"One of the most obvious recommendations is for these gas-fired plants to have dual fuel burning capabilities and back-up fuel capability,'' he said.

However, dual-fuel capabilities are not a requirement for building new power plants in New England. For environmental reasons, utilities have been phasing out higher-polluting oil and coal-fired plants.

Recommendations from the study include:

� Expand New England's natural gas pipeline infrastructure.

� Determine what natural gas transportation service power plants have so that during periods of high electric demand the ISO will know which power plants will be available to run and which might be limited due to fuel constraints.

� Promote better communications and coordination between the natural gas and electric power industries so New England's power plants will have up-to-date information on the status of natural gas transport and delivery into the region.

Under some conditions, the study also found interruption of gas delivery could lead to lower delivery pressures or flows, and loss of a high voltage transmission line into New England could reduce electricity imports of up to 2,000 Mw. Gas-fired units would be needed to replenish the loss of those imports.

Related Articles

Tight oil price test

02/02/2015 The basic job for Oil & Gas Journal writers is to pick the right words and put them in the right order, which is often harder to do than it mig...

Union strike under way at US refineries, petchem plants

02/02/2015 The United Steelworkers Union (USW) has instituted a strike at nine US refining and petrochemical production plants following a breakdown in negoti...

SERVICE | SUPPLIERS

02/02/2015

Gazprom Neft receives two Arctic shelf exploration licenses

01/26/2015 Gazpromneft Sakhalin, a subsidiary of JSC Gazprom Neft, has been awarded subsoil-use rights to the Severo-Zapadniy block on the Pechora Sea shelf a...

Estill named chief executive officer of Madagascar Oil

01/23/2015

Madagascar Oil Ltd. has appointed Robert Estill as chief executive officer.

LyondellBasell expands roles of three senior executives

01/20/2015

LyondellBasell has expanded the roles of senior executives Timothy D. Roberts, Patrick D. Quarles, and Kevin W. Brown.

Christmann succeeds Farris as Apache’s president, CEO

01/20/2015 Apache Corp., Houston, has appointed John J. Christmann IV as its president and chief executive officer and named him to the company’s board. He ta...

Shiels appointed chief executive officer of American Energy–Midstream

01/19/2015 American Energy Partners LP (AEP), Oklahoma City, has named David C. Shiels as chief executive officer of affiliate American Energy–Midstream LLC (...

Nebraska Supreme Court vacates lower court's Keystone XL ruling

01/19/2015 Nebraska's Supreme Court vacated a lower court's decision that legislation transferring authority to determine the proposed Keystone XL crude oil p...
White Papers

Pipeline Integrity: Best Practices to Prevent, Detect, and Mitigate Commodity Releases

Commodity releases can have catastrophic consequences, so ensuring pipeline integrity is crucial for p...
Sponsored by

AVEVA’s Digital Asset Approach - Defining a new era of collaboration in capital projects and asset operations

There is constant, intensive change in the capital projects and asset life cycle management. New chall...
Sponsored by

Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry with EPPM

With budgets in the billions, timelines spanning years, and life cycles extending over decades, oil an...
Sponsored by

Asset Decommissioning in Oil & Gas: Transforming Business

Asset intensive organizations like Oil and Gas have their own industry specific challenges when it com...
Sponsored by

Squeezing the Green: How to Cut Petroleum Downstream Costs and Optimize Processing Efficiencies with Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Solutions

As the downstream petroleum industry grapples with change in every sector and at every level, includin...
Sponsored by

7 Steps to Improve Oil & Gas Asset Decommissioning

Global competition and volatile markets are creating a challenging business climate for project based ...
Sponsored by

The impact of aging infrastructure in process manufacturing industries

Process manufacturing companies in the oil and gas, utilities, chemicals and natural resource industri...
Sponsored by

What is System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis?

This paper will explain some of the fundamentals of System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis and demonstrate...
Available Webcasts


Prevention, Detection and Mitigation of pipeline leaks in the modern world

When Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Preventing, detecting and mitigating leaks or commodity releases from pipelines are a top priority for all pipeline companies. This presentation will look at various aspects related to preventing, detecting and mitigating pipeline commodity releases from a generic and conceptual point of view, while at the same time look at the variety of offerings available from Schneider Electric to meet some of the requirements associated with pipeline integrity management. 

register:WEBCAST



On Demand

Global LNG: Adjusting to New Realities

Fri, Mar 20, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal’s March 20, 2015, webcast will look at how global LNG trade will be affected over the next 12-24 months by falling crude oil prices and changing patterns and pressures of demand. Will US LNG production play a role in balancing markets? Or will it add to a growing global oversupply of LNG for markets remote from easier natural gas supply? Will new buyers with marginal credit, smaller requirements, or great need for flexibility begin to look attractive to suppliers? How will high-cost, mega-projects in Australia respond to new construction cost trends?

register:WEBCAST


US Midstream at a Crossroads

Fri, Mar 6, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal’s Mar. 6, 2015, webcast will focus on US midstream companies at an inflection point in their development in response to more than 6 years shale oil and gas production growth. Major infrastructure—gas plants, gathering systems, and takeaway pipelines—have been built. Major fractionation hubs have expanded. Given the radically changed pricing environment since mid-2014, where do processors go from here? What is the fate of large projects caught in mid-development? How to producers and processors cooperate to ensure a sustainable and profitable future? This event will serve to set the discussion table for the annual GPA Convention in San Antonio, Apr. 13-16, 2015.

This event is sponsored by Leidos Engineering.

register:WEBCAST


The Future of US Refining

Fri, Feb 6, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal’s Feb. 6, 2015, webcast will focus on the future of US refining as various forces this year conspire to pull the industry in different directions. Lower oil prices generally reduce feedstock costs, but they have also lowered refiners’ returns, as 2015 begins with refined products priced at lows not seen in years. If lower per-barrel crude prices dampen production of lighter crudes among shale plays, what will happen to refiners’ plans to export more barrels of lighter crudes? And as always, refiners will be affected by government regulations, particularly those that suppress demand, increase costs, or limit access to markets or supply.

register:WEBCAST


Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected