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Enbridge working on natural gas pipelines to New England

Enbridge is working to get more natural gas to New England, a region that has fought needed energy infrastructure projects, including pipelines, Kallanish Energy reports.

The company’s first phase of the Atlantic Bridge Pipeline began service last November and Phase 2 is scheduled to begin service in Q4 2018, said Erin Petkovich, director of Northeast Business Development for Enbridge.

That initial $500 million project will move an additional 40 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of natural gas, she told the audience Wednesday at Hart Energy’s Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference and Exhibition in Pittsburgh.

The whole project, when completed, will move 135 MMcf/d, she said. The Calgary-based company is also working on its Access Northeast Project to expand the Algonquin pipeline system in New England, Petkovich said.

The system can provide natural gas to 60% of the 25 gas-fired power plants in New England, but only 4% of those plants are connected to natural gas, she said.

Massachusetts burned 2 million barrels of oil over 15 days for home heating during the Arctic blast in early January, a costly and environmentally damaging practice, the Enbridge executive said.

More pipelines to serve New England are needed, although some areas of New England are highly resistant, she said.

“We’re not giving up on the Northeast and New England,” Petkovich said.

Another company interested in boosting natural gas shipment in the northeast is Oklahoma-based Williams, said Jim Scheel, senior vice president for Northeast Gathering and Processing.

The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline will transport Marcellus natural gas from northeast Pennsylvania to the Transco pipeline system on the East Coast, he said.

The 187-mile pipeline, to be completed in mid-2018, will move 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). It will boost production in Bradford and Susquehanna counties in northeast Pennsylvania, he said.

Production of natural gas from Marcellus and Utica shales is expected to grow from 2017 to 2022 by 17.3 Bcf/d, he said. It is projected to grow from 24.3Bcf/d, to 41.6 Bcf/d, he said. He called that projected growth “huge.”

That’s why more pipelines will be needed to get that added natural gas to markets, Scheel said.

Williams is the largest gas-gathering company in the Appalachian Basin, with roughly one-third of the market’s share. It moves 7.5 Bcf/d, or 8% of U.S. daily gas production, he said.

The company is also working on its Penn East Pipeline from northeast Pennsylvania to New Jersey, its Nexus natural gas pipeline across northern Ohio and its Bayway Lateral in New Jersey.

Another speaker, Beth Hickey of Energy Transfer Partners, told the audience the Rover natural gas pipeline across northern Ohio is in service while construction continues on the second of twin lines.

They will run side by side to transport Utica and Marcellus natural gas to the Midwest, Ontario and the Gulf Coast.

Hickey said talks involving the company, the Ohio Environmental; Protection Agency and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are continuing. She declined to comment on the problems the company had with horizontal direction drilling (HDD) along the route. FERC has halted some of the HDD, because of concerns raised by the EPA over HDD problems.

Thirteen HDD sites must still be completed, she said. The 49 total HDDs stretch 54,970 feet, under streams and highways, she added.

Shipments of Appalachian Basin natural gas through the Rover Pipeline to the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Louisiana via the Sabine Trail Pipeline have been increasing, Hickey said. It has been flowing roughly 600 million cubic feet per day.



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