Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. and Columbia Pipeline Partners LP announced yesterday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved construction of the Cameron Access Project in Southwest Louisiana by its subsidiary Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC.
“We are pleased that the FERC has approved our application to construct the Cameron Access Project,” said CPG President Glen Kettering. “This is an important natural gas infrastructure project that further connects abundant, but constrained, Appalachian supplies to higher value markets.”
The Cameron Access Project includes improvements to Columbia Gulf’s existing pipeline system, as well as ancillary facilities, a new compressor station near Lake Arthur, Louisiana, and the installation of an approximately 26 mile greenfield pipeline lateral inCameron Parish that provides direct access to the Cameron LNG export facility. The project involves an investment of approximately $310 million and includes binding precedent agreements for more than 90% of the 800 million cubic feet of new firm transportation capacity.
“The Cameron Access Project is an integral part of the $10-plus billion project backlog that CPG will be executing on over the next several years and, we anticipate, will triple the size of the company by 2020,” Kettering said. “It’s a prime example of our core infrastructure expansion projects that continue to offer innovative transportation solutions to both producers as well as evolving end-use markets.”
Columbia has been working closely with residents of Louisiana — as well as federal, state and local agencies — for more than 18 months to outline the pipeline project and share information about safety procedures and construction plans. The project is anticipated to begin construction activity in the spring of 2016 and be placed in service during the first quarter of 2018.
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