FERC has awarded Enbridge a Presidential Permit and NGA section 3 authorization enabling the company to site, construct, and operate natural gas import and export border-crossing facilities associated with the Valley Crossing Pipeline Project, subject to the conditions of the Presidential Permit and compliance with specified environmental conditions.
Under the terms of the ruling, Enbridge must:
- Sign and return the testimony of acceptance of all provisions, conditions, and requirements of the Presidential Permit to the Secretary of the Commission within 30 days of the issuance of this order.
- Complete and place in service the authorized import/export facility within one year of the date of issuance of this order.
- Notify the commission’s environmental staff by telephone, email, and/or facsimile of any environmental noncompliance identified by other federal, state, or local agencies on the same day that such agency notifies the company Written confirmation of such notification must be filed with the Secretary of the Commission within 24 hours.
The Valley Crossing Pipeline Project consists of the following:
- A border-crossing facility with approximately 1,000 feet of 42-inch-diameter pipeline extending from a point in Texas-state waters approximately 30 miles east of the City of Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas, to the international boundary with the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Approximately 500 miles of pipeline on the Mexican side of the border that will interconnect with the border-crossing facility
- 165 miles of 42- and 48-inch-diameter intrastate pipeline in Texas, which will extend southwest from a header system in Nueces County, Texas, near the Agua Dulce Hub, to the proposed border-crossing facility
- Two compressor stations, multiple meter stations, and ancillary facilities
Once completed, the project will be able to transport 2.6 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per day. It is expected to commence operations in October 2018.