While You Were Distracted, A New Jersey Pipeline Was Upgraded

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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A critical New Jersey pipeline project was just upgraded while everyone was distracted by other battles. New Jersey will now get more much needed gas.

While the NESE languishes and the PennEast fights an absolutely bizarre Federal court decision, another New Jersey pipeline has been quietly upgraded and it will help send more Marcellus shale gas to the Garden State. It is the Williams Gateway Expansion Project, which will serve Northeast New Jersey.

New Jersey Pipeline

Roseland Compressor Station

Here are some of the key excerpts from the Williams news release about this New Jersey pipeline project:

Williams announced today that it has successfully placed into full service its Gateway Expansion Project – approximately 11 months ahead of schedule – to meet growing natural gas demand for New Jersey tri-state area consumers in time for the 2019-2020 winter heating season.

The Gateway Expansion Project is an expansion of the existing Transco pipeline system, providing 65,000 dekatherms per day of incremental firm transportation capacity to serve PSEG Power, LLC and UGI Energy Services, LLC. Expedited project execution and construction in close coordination with Williams’ customers contributed to the early in-service date.

The project provides gas supply capacity to meet the daily home heating, hot water and cooking needs of about 280,000 homes. This is equivalent to removing approximately 590,000 metric tons per year of greenhouse gas emissions as a result of converting heating oil to natural gas. Switching to natural gas is estimated to provide savings of $1,460 per year per household compared to heating oil.

Note the positive contribution toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the pocketbook rewards from this New Jersey pipeline project, both benefits being assiduously ignored by fractivists such as Food & Water Watch, which fought the project, of course. The project includes the following specific elements:

  • Modifying station and piping valves at Transco’s existing 27,500 hp rated Compressor Station 303 (CS 303) and install and operate an additional 33,000 hp electric motor driven compressor unit, including associated equipment and gas cooling, doubling the total certificated horsepower of the CS 303 from 27,500 hp to 55,000 hp.
  • Replacing the existing 12-inch-diameter headers, meter skid, building, and associated equipment at the Paterson M&R with two new 6-inch ultrasonic meter skids, a new meter and regulating building and associated equipment.
  • Installing one new 36-inch-diameter mainline block valve with automation controls and actuator modification on an existing mainline block valve at the Roseland M&R.
  • Installing one electrical transformer at an existing electric substation in Essex County New Jersey (Roseland Electric Substation).

None of these are likely to have any significant impact environmentally and, as a whole, they will help reduce emissions. The usual suspects opposed them because their opposition is based on ideology rather than the environment, facts or science. The neat thing in this case is that no one much noticed outside the tiny ban of serial protesters more interested in politics than energy. Quietly, though, New Jersey just got another economic and environmental win, thanks to natural gas.

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