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FERC issues final EIS for FGT expansion project

Nick Snow
OGJ Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 22 -- The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s staff issued a final environmental impact statement on Florida Gas Transmission Co.’s Phase VIII expansion project just 5 months after it issued a draft EIS on the proposed $2.46 billion project.

The proposed line expansion in Alabama and Florida would add 820 MMcfd of capacity to FGT’s system, FERC said. The project would include laying 483.2 miles of multidiameter pipeline, adding 198,000 hp of compression to eight existing stations, building a 15,600-hp compression station, constructing three meter and regulator stations, and upgrading two existing meter stations and building a regulator station, FERC said Sept. 18 in the final EIS.

The proposed expansion, expected to cost $2.455 billion, would start service in Spring 2011, assuming that it receives the necessary permits and approvals, according to FGT. The system is owned by Citrus Co., a joint venture of Southern Union Co., the pipeline’s operator, and El Paso Corp.

FERC’s final EIS said the proposed project would have limited environmental impacts, with appropriate mitigation measures, for reasons similar to those it listed in the draft EIS on Apr. 17. Commissioners will consider public comments and the final EIS before making a final decision, FERC said.

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