This probably hasn’t been the most thrilling week for Tulsa-based Williams, which, at least for now, has put its proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement underwater pipeline on ice after environmental regulators denied a water permit to jumpstart the project. But, hey, we live to see another day. And several other Northeastern pipeline projects lie on the horizon to bring more electrical power, cleaner heat, and significant cost-savings to a region hungry to convert from fuel oil to natural gas but lacking midstream infrastructure.
Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up:
- Jointly owned by TC Energy and Quebec’s Énegir, Portland Natural Gas Transmission System serves gas utilities, industry, and power generation plants across New England. The proposed Phase III expansion of its 295-mile Portland Xpress Pipeline will add 24 MMCFD of capacity and is expected to go online this year. Construction of the new 63 MMCFD Westbrook Xpress, also an extension of the Portland Natural Gas Transmission System, is slated for completion in 2021.
- The Enbridge 187-mile Atlantic Bridge Gas Pipeline, which began service in 2017, expanded the company’s Algonquin Gas Transmission and Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline systems capacity by 133 MMCFD, along with new numerous upgrades and replacements. Phase II of the project will add 92.7 MMCFD of capacity to move natural gas across New England and end-use markets in the Canadian Maritime provinces. The company estimates offering full service by the second half of the year.
- Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company awaits final FERC approval for the company’s 261 Upgrade Projects in Mass., scheduled for completion in November.
- CT.-based Iroquois Transmission, which operates a 414-mile pipeline that stretches from the U.S.-Canadian border to its terminus in Commack, N.Y., and from Huntington to the Bronx, looks to expand its capacity by 125 MMCFD. Upon FERC approval, construction is planned for spring 2023.
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Portland Natural Gas Transmission System
Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS) is a pipeline that spans New England from the Canadian border to pipeline connections in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. Jointly owned by TC Energy Corp. (one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America) and Énergir (the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec and Vermont), PNGTS has served gas utilities, industry and electric generation plants in the region since 1999.
Houston-based EVX Midstream is one of those wastewater solutions providers that this year fixed its sights on the Texas Eagle Ford, where the latest figures put wastewater production close to 10 million gallons per well. That’s equivalent to 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools. As a side note, following in the footsteps of neighbor N.M., Texas could soon enact binding regulations for producers to environmentally dispose and recycle the wastewater produced by fracking. But EVX isn’t waiting around. The company recently announced completion of the phase one of construction of what will be the largest gathering system for oilfield wastewater in the Eagle Ford.
EVX in September completed more than 300 miles of water-gathering pipeline, which will connect to its 26 saltwater disposal wells that can inject up to 600,000 Bbls of water per day. Most impressively, EVX is laying a new high-temperature plastic pipe which can substantially cut carbon emissions, withstand higher temperatures, and eliminate as many as 250,000 heavy-haul truck trips every year—all in the first phase of the project.
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