Fourth Quarter 2013Washington Expansion Project Overview
On June 25, 2013, Northwest Pipeline GP (“Northwest”) filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) requesting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity authorizing Northwest to construct, own and operate the Washington Expansion Project in western Washington. The FERC docket number is CP13-507.
Northwest has been asked by Oregon LNG to transport an incremental 750,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas to an interconnect with Oregon Pipeline LLC’s proposed Oregon Pipeline near Woodland, Wash. To accomodate this request, Northwest plans to construct the Washington Expansion Project, which will require the installation of additional pipeline and compression facilities on the existing Northwest system in the state of Washington.
The project consists of 140 miles of 36-inch diameter pipe to be constructed in ten different segments in or near Northwest’s existing right-of-way in the I-5 corridor between Sumas and Woodland. These segments vary in length from eight miles to over 35 miles. Below is the mileage breakout by county:
The project includes upgrades to Northwest’s existing Sumas, Mt. Vernon, Snohomish, Sumner and Chehalis compressor stations.
Although this expansion of pipeline facilities in Washington is driven by a plan to use the gas outside of the state, there are many benefits this project brings to Washington and its citizens. These include increased infrastructure to the region to serve existing and potential new natural gas markets; additional natural gas transportation flexibility; increased tax revenue to the state and counties; and additional jobs during construction.
Interstate natural gas pipelines are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As such, FERC requires pipeline operators to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, in addition to various state and local permits, before any construction can begin.
- 2012 FERC pre-filing
- 2013 FERC filing and docket number issued–CP13-507
- 2016 Proposed start of LNG terminal construction
- 2017 Proposed start of pipeline construction
- 2018 Projected in-service
Oregon LNG proposes to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal near Warrenton, Oregon, where natural gas would be liquefied and transported by ships to Pacific Rim markets. An 86-mile pipeline, named “Oregon Pipeline,” is proposed by Oregon LNG to connect the LNG terminal to the Northwest Pipeline system at the Woodland, Washington interconnect site. More information can be found on Oregon LNG’s website: http://www.oregonlng.com/.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us anytime.
Toll-free hotline: 888-892-8905
Landowners may discuss the project with our land agents at the following land office:
Washington Expansion Project Land Office
15406 Meridian Avenue East, Suite 101
Puyallup, WA 98375
Thank you for attending the open houses the week of August 13-17 in Sedro Woolley, Snohomish, Auburn, Kelso and Chehalis.
Below is the open house presentation given by project manager Al Michini.