Florida Southeast Connection moves forward

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Florida Southeast Connection LLC has received a Certificate of Public Need and Necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to construct and operate a proposed underground pipeline to transport natural gas to southern Florida.

The pipeline facilities will help ensure Florida maintains access to clean, affordable U.S.-produced natural gas needed to meet the state’s growing electricity needs. The approval provides the company with authorization, subject to certain conditions, to prepare for construction, which is expected to begin this spring.

The Florida Southeast Connection pipeline would interconnect with the two existing systems in Central Florida and a new interstate pipeline expected to be built and operated by Sabal Trail Transmission LLC. The Sabal Trail pipeline would originate in Alabama to access the abundant natural gas reserves in various regions of the U.S. It would terminate at a new Central Florida Hub south of Orlando, FL.

The Florida Southeast Connection pipeline route originates in Osceola County and runs 126 miles south and east, terminating at the FPL Martin Clean Energy Center in Indiantown, FL. Construction of the underground pipeline and associated facilities is expected to take approximately one year. It is scheduled to enter service in 2017.