Pacific Connector Files Federal Application to Construct Natural Gas Pipeline
On June 6, 2013, Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP (Pacific Connector) filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for approval to construct, own and operate a natural gas transmission pipeline in southern Oregon. The Pacific Connector pipeline would deliver approximately 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the Jordan Cove Energy Project in Coos Bay, Oregon in addition to serving other potential markets along the proposed pipeline route. At Coos Bay, Jordan Cove would cool the natural gas to form liquefied natural gas for export to growing Asia-Pacific energy markets.
“This filing marks a significant step forward for Pacific Connector,” said Robert Peacock, Project Manager for Pacific Connector pipeline. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with state and federal officials to bring this project to fruition.”
The FERC is the lead agency in a multi-agency review of Pacific Connector’s application to determine if it complies with all environmental, safety and security requirements and conditions of federal, state and local agencies, including compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Pacific Connector will continue to work with landowners, regulators and affected communities throughout the permitting process to provide project information and address community questions. Pacific Connector anticipates receiving approval from the FERC by mid-year 2014.
In addition to the value of enhanced energy infrastructure, Pacific Connector will provide direct economic benefits throughout southern Oregon. The project will cost approximately $1.7 billion, and pay an estimated $14.7 million each year in taxes to counties it crosses. More than 1,000 construction jobs will be created for up to two years to build the pipeline, with a peak construction workforce of approximately 1,400, many of which will be hired locally.
“Pacific Connector will bring much-needed economic growth to Southern Oregon,” said Representative Bruce Hanna of the Oregon State Legislature. “Because Pacific Connector will interconnect with Williams Company’s existing Grants Pass Lateral Pipeline, Southern Oregon will benefit from an increased availability of natural gas – with no cost to ratepayers. This is a win for gas consumers and Southern Oregon’s economy while generating needed long-term tax revenue.”
Pacific Connector will receive natural gas from the competitively priced gas supply hub at Malin, Oregon from the Ruby and GTN gas transmission systems, which will deliver natural gas from Rocky Mountain and western Canadian supply basins. The proposed route spans 232 miles across Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties connecting at the North Spit of the International Port of Coos Bay. Pacific Connector consists of a 36-inch diameter steel pipeline buried at a minimum depth of 3 feet from the top of the pipe, with above-ground facilities including a compressor station near Klamath Falls and several receipt and delivery meter stations. It would begin construction in 2015, with delivery of natural gas to Jordan Cove scheduled for 2018. The Pacific Connector pipeline is jointly owned by Veresen Inc and Williams.
Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP
George Angerbauer, 801-493-5865