FERC: Pipeline Construction Project Can Partially Be Placed in Service

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FERC has approved Northern Natural Gas Company’s request to place the St. Cloud Extension associated with the Northern Lights 2017 Expansion Project into service.

According to FERC’s J. Rich McGuire, the company has adequately stabilized areas disturbed by construction and that restoration is proceeding satisfactorily.

The Northern Lights 2017 Expansion project includes the construction of approximately 4.8 miles of 8- and 12-inch-diameter branch line loop extensions in Sherburne and Isanti counties, Minnesota, along with installation and operation of an additional 15,900-horsepower ISO-rated compressor unit at the company’s existing Faribault compressor station in Rice County, Minnesota.

Once completed, the project will enable the transportation of an incremental peak day firm service load of approximately 76,000 decatherms per day, and has a target in-service date of November 1, 2017.