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Spectra becomes newest member in PennEast pipeline project

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PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC, has announced that Spectra Energy Partners has joined in the development of its PennEast Pipeline. The proposed interstate natural gas pipeline will transport clean, affordable and abundant natural gas to reliably meet growing energy demand in New Jersey and Pennsylvania while providing environmental and economic benefits to the region.

Spectra Energy Partners becomes the sixth member of the PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC. It joins AGL Resources; NJR Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources; PSEG Power LLC; South Jersey Industries; and UGI Energy Services (UGIES), a subsidiary of UGI Corporation. Spectra Energy Partners and PSEG Power each have a 10% interest in PennEast; the remaining member companies each have a 20% interest. UGIES is the project manager for the development of the project and will operate the pipeline.

The 108 mile, 36 in. diameter PennEast Pipeline will transport 1 billion ft3/d of clean, natural gas per day – enough to serve approximately 4.7 million homes. It will run from Dallas, Luzerne County, in northeastern Pennsylvania, to Transco’s pipeline interconnect in Pennington, Mercer County, New Jersey.

“The PennEast Pipeline will deliver much-needed natural gas to address the region’s reliability concerns and reduce costs paid by consumers,” said Bill Yardley, Spectra Energy’s president of US transmission and storage. “This project provides Spectra Energy Partners with a strategic opportunity to leverage our existing assets by directly connecting northeast Pennsylvania Marcellus shale production to our Texas Eastern Transmission and Algonquin Gas Transmission systems, and allows us to further strengthen our relationship with some of our biggest customers.”

PennEast has initiated the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Pre-filing process and plans to file a formal application in the third quarter 2015. Pending regulatory approval, PennEast anticipates a November 2017 in-service date.

Adapted from press release by Hannah Priestley-Eaton

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