Sunbury Pipeline receives FERC approval

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UGI Sunbury has received a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to construct and operate the approximately 35-mile long Sunbury Pipeline. Subject to certain conditions, FERC’s approval authorizes UGI Sunbury to proceed with construction of the Pipeline.

The Sunbury Pipeline will bring new natural gas supplies to homes and businesses in central Pennsylvania. One of the primary end-users is “Hummel Station,” a 1,124 MW combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant being built at the site of the shuttered coal-fired Sunbury Generation Facility near Shamokin Dam, Snyder County, PA.

The conversion of the former coal-fired Sunbury Generation Facility to natural gas is part of a broader national trend to utilize low-cost, clean burning natural gas to generate electricity.

The pipeline, comprised of 20-inch diameter steel pipeline and related facilities, is designed to deliver up to 200,000 Dth/d of natural gas. The pipeline originates in eastern Lycoming County and its route extends south through Montour, Northumberland and Union counties before terminating at Hummel Station in Snyder County. The pipeline also provides supply flexibility to parts of the UGI Utilities distribution system along the route.

Assuming timely receipt of all remaining necessary regulatory approvals, construction of the Sunbury Pipeline is expected to be completed as early as November 2016.