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The Quoddy Tides

Eastport, Maine

2006 December 8

Potential pipeline expansions outlined

by Edward French

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has indicated the potential expansions that would be needed with the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline if the Quoddy Bay LNG or Downeast LNG projects are approved.

With Quoddy Bay, approximately 297 miles of 36" pipeline loops would be installed adjacent to the mainline. The loops would extend from Methuen, Mass., to Eliot, Maine; from South Berwick to Westbrook; from Westbrook to Richmond; from Richmond to Searsmont; from Searsmont to Brewer; from Brewer to Township 35; and from Township 35 to Baileyville. Compression would be added to six existing compressor stations in Eliot, Westbrook, Richmond, Searsmont, Brewer and Woodchopping Ridge.

For Downeast LNG, the amount of additional looping would be less, with 130.9 miles being proposed. The loops would extend as follows: 3.4 miles from Newington, N.H., to Eliot; 16.5 miles from Saco to Westbrook; 27.6 miles from Pownal to Richmond; 19.7 miles from Windsor to Searsmont; 21.9 miles from Monroe to Brewer; 22.2 miles from Greenfield to Township 35; and 19.6 miles from Township 37 to the Baileyville compressor station. Along with adding compression to the same six compressor stations, a new compressor would be constructed in Methuen, Mass.

Comments on the proposed looping and compressor station additions may be filed electronically on FERC's website at www.ferc.gov, referencing Docket No. PF06-11-000 for Quoddy Bay and Docket No. PF06-13-000 for Downeast LNG. Comments are due by January 5.


© 2006 The Quoddy Tides
Eastport, Maine
Article republished on Save Passamaquoddy Bay website with permission.