Currently, Spectra Energy’s Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (Texas Eastern) pipeline system delivers nearly 550,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of natural gas into the greater Philadelphia region. But the existing facilities that serve the area have seen demand growth over time and are regularly subscribed at or near capacity.
The proposed expansion would complement Texas Eastern’s existing asset base in the region and allow for connectivity to the shale production in the Northeast and Southwest parts of Pennsylvania, as well as other supply sources.
Texas Eastern has had a number of positive discussions with existing and prospective shippers and has received positive responses that this additional supply is much-needed in the region. Virtually every current shipper on the lateral has expressed some need for additional capacity in the near future.
The scope of the project ultimately will depend on the overall demand, but an expansion of up to 475,000 Dth/d is possible. This would be accomplished by replacing existing pipeline with a larger diameter pipe and adding new pipeline looping.
Texas Eastern will allow nominating shippers to subscribe for new firm transportation on the Philadelphia Lateral from receipt points at the head of the lateral near Eagle Compressor Station, and in order to increase the options for connection to supply, would be willing to offer new interconnections to other upstream pipelines as a part of this project as provided for in its open season.
The target service in-service date for this project is 2019.