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FERC authorizes Sabal Trail capacity boost

03 Jul 2017 17:57 (+01:00 GMT)
FERC authorizes Sabal Trail capacity boost

Houston, 3 July (Argus) — The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today authorized the $3bn Sabal Trail pipeline to start additional compressors, boosting capacity to more than 800mn cf/d (23mn m³/d).

Sabal Trail began initial service on 14 June. But it has been operating at a capacity of about 470mn cf/d, below its target of more than 1 Bcf/d. The project is the third interstate line into Florida, where demand for low-cost US gas has grown among electric utilities.

The FERC authorization allows the pipeline operator Enbridge Energy to bring three compressors on line, two in Florida and a third in Alabama.

Sabal Trail extends 515 miles (829km) from the Transcontinental Gas pipeline in Alabama to the so-called central Florida hub near Orlando, where it meets with the 3.1 Bcf/d Florida Gas Transmission system and the 1.3 Bcf/d Gulfstream Natural gas system.