The Northeast Energy Direct Project

Northeast Energy Direct (“NED”) is a large pipeline expansion project being proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline/Kinder Morgan (“TGP/KM”). It includes the large new natural gas transmission line that, earlier, had been referred to as the Northeast Expansion, which would include new looping along the 200 line from a gas hub in Wright NY to Richmond, MA, then a new path from Richmond north and eastward to a hub in Dracut, MA.

The larger project also includes new pipeline from TGP’s 300 line in Pennsylvania, up through Susquehanna Co. and into NY state to the hub in Wright, providing a direct path from the fracking fields of PA to the gas hub in eastern MA.  The MA hub offers connection to the existing Maritimes & Northeast (“M&NE”) pipeline in ME. The M&NE pipeline has recently applied for a permit to reverse direction, bringing gas up to export facilities in the Canadian Maritimes. According to TGP/KM, intended customers for NED include developers of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) export projects in New England and Atlantic Canada.

“The proposed interconnection with the Joint Facilities, together with the anticipated reversal of the primary flow direction of the Joint Facilities and Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, will potentially enable the Project to access more markets in the region, including those in New Hampshire and Maine, the Atlantic Canada region, as well as markets on Algonquin Gas Transmission’s (“AGT”) pipeline system through its HubLine Pipeline.” [1]

The July 2015 general project description from TGP’s/KM’s Draft Resource Report 1 suggests the proposed project would involve the construction of 418 miles of pipeline. [2]

  • ~ 76 miles of pipeline in Pennsylvania;
  • ~ 148 miles of pipeline in New York;
  • ~ 101 miles of pipeline in Massachusetts;
  • ~ 77 miles of pipeline in New Hampshire
  • ~ 14 miles of pipeline in Connecticut

Additionally the project would include the following facilities:

  • Construction of 9 new compressor stations plus modifications to an existing compressor station.
  • Construction of 13 new meter stations and modifications to 12 existing meter stations throughout the Project area; and
  • Construction of appurtenant facilities, including mainline valves (“MLVs”), cathodic protection, and pig launcher/receivers throughout the Project area.

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