Proposed pipeline project impacts Hertford and Northampton
Published 4:53 pm Friday, August 19, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC – Federal officials here are in the process of preparing an environmental impact statement on a proposed project that has ties to Ahoskie and Pleasant Hill (Northampton County).
Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) has developed the Southside Reliability Enhancement Project.
Transco proposes to construct and operate one new compressor station and modify two existing compressor stations and three existing meter stations in North Carolina and Virginia. The project would provide 160,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of incremental firm transportation capacity from Transco’s Compressor Station 165 in Pittsylvania County, VA and 263,400 Dth/d from the Pine Needle liquified natural gas storage facility to delivery points in North Carolina.
Transco’s stated purpose of the additional capacity is to reduce supply constraints when natural gas demand is the highest, support overall reliability and diversification of energy infrastructure in the mid-Atlantic, and benefit the public by promoting competitive markets and increasing the security of natural gas supplies to major delivery points serving the mid-Atlantic.
The project would consist of the following facilities:
Installation of a new compressor station (Compressor Station 168) which includes one new 33,000 horsepower electric motor-driven compressor unit, and installation of new mainline valves on South Virginia Lateral A-Line and B-Line at the new Compressor Station 168 in Mecklenburg County, VA;
Addition of one 16,000 horsepower electric motor-driven compressor unit at existing Compressor Station 166 in Pittsylvania County, VA;
Installation of piping modifications to allow for flow reversal at existing Compressor Station 155 in Davidson County, NC;
Replacement of one meter run to increase delivery volumes at the existing Ahoskie Meter Station in Hertford County, NC;
Installation of new facilities to increase delivery volumes at the existing Pleasant Hill Meter Station in Northampton County, NC; and
Upgrade meter and controls and debottleneck piping at the existing Iredell Meter Station in Iredell County, NC.
The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will prepare an environmental impact statement that will discuss the environmental impacts of the proposed project. FERC will use the statement in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity.
As part of the review process, the FERC takes into account concerns the public may have about proposals and the environmental impacts that could result whenever it considers the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
Public comments can be made electronically. FERC has staff to assist the public in filing their comments by calling 866-208-3676.
The public can also file comments electronically by using the eFiling feature, which is also located on the Commission’s website (www.ferc.gov) under the link to FERC Online.
The public can file a paper copy of their comments by mailing them to the Commission. Be sure to reference the project docket number (CP22-461-000) on your letter. Submissions sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Submissions sent via any other carrier must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20852.
The deadline to file comments is 5 pm on Aug. 24.