Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. and Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (together, “Columbia”) today announced that their subsidiary, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, has placed the East Side Expansion Project (“ESE”) in service.
“East Side is an important piece of our project backlog which is designed to meet the needs of both producers and end-use markets over the next several years,” said CPG President Glen Kettering. “Placing it in service today is a testament to our team’s focus on executing CPG’s exciting growth plan on time and on budget.”
The ESE Project creates additional capacity of 312 million cubic feet per day on the Columbia system. It involves the installation of two natural gas pipelines, with approximately nine miles of pipeline in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and nine miles of pipeline in Gloucester County, New Jersey. The project also includes modifications and upgrades to certain compressor station facilities, including the installation of two new 4,700 horsepower compressor units at Columbia’s Milford Compressor Station in Pike County, Pennsylvania, and two new 10,000 horsepower units at the company’s Easton Compressor Station in Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
Columbia worked extensively with residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey — as well as federal, state and local agencies — to outline the pipeline project and share information about safety procedures and construction techniques for ESE. The project received its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on December 18, 2014, and construction began in the spring of 2015.
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