July 2022, Vol. 249, No. 7

EIA Update

FERC OKs Natural Gas Pipeline Projects Aimed at US Exports

By Energy Information Administration (EIA) 

In the first quarter of 2022, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved three projects intended to increase U.S. natural gas exports via pipeline and as liquefied natural gas (LNG).

  Two of the projects connect to LNG terminals in Louisiana. 

The Evangeline Pass Expansion Project is a 1.1 Bcf/d (31 MMcm/d) pipeline owned by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. It includes 13.1 miles (21.1 km) of new pipeline and two new compressor stations that will deliver natural gas to the proposed Plaquemines LNG Project in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.  

The Alberta Xpress Project is a 170,000-MMcf/d (4814 MMcm/d) pipeline owned by TC Energy, which will use existing capacity on the Great Lakes Gas Transmission (GLGT) system and the ANR pipeline. It will add a new compressor station in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana.  

The project expands capacity from the GLGT receipt point at the Minnesota–Manitoba border to delivery points in the U.S. Midwest and U.S. Gulf Coast, increasing the available capacity for LNG export facilities in the region.  

The third FERC-approved project expands capacity by 500 Mcf/d (14.2 Mcm/d) to transport U.S. natural gas via pipeline to the Energia Costa Azul LNG Export Project in Baja California, Mexico. TC Energy’s North Baja Xpress Project modifies existing facilities and compressor stations along its 86-mile (138-km) North Baja Pipeline. 

The following two notable projects were completed in Florida and North Dakota this past quarter: 

The Putnam Expansion Project is a 170,000 MMcf/d expansion project on the Florida Gas Transmission pipeline that facilitates natural gas deliveries to a Seminole Generation Cooperative natural gas-fired power plant in Putnam County, Florida.  

Additionally, the North Bakken Expansion Project is a 62-mile (100-km) extension of the Williston Basin Interstate (WBI) pipeline system. The project provides 250,000 MMcf/d (7,080 MMcm/d) of additional takeaway capacity for natural gas produced in the core production area of the Bakken region in North Dakota and connects to the Northern Border Pipeline. 

EIA estimates more than 430,000 MMcf/d (12,178 MMcm/d) of new natural gas pipeline capacity was completed in the first quarter of 2022. In 2021, EIA estimates the United States added 744,000 MMcf/d (21,070 MMcm/d) of new pipeline capacity, the lowest amount added to interstate transmission since 2016. 

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