Adelphia Gateway Pipeline
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Adelphia Gateway Pipeline is a proposed natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, USA.
The pipeline will run through Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties, Pennsylvania, USA.
- Operator: Adelphia
- Owner: New Jersey Resources
- Capacity: 775 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d)
- Length: 7.6 kilometers (4.75 miles) of new pipeline
- Diameter: 18-inches, 20-inches
- Cost: US$143 million
- Status: Proposed
- Start Year: 2020
The pipeline will utilize repurposed crude oil pipelines. Adelphia Gateway LLC announced in November of 2017 that it's buying the underused pipeline for $189 million from Talen Energy Corp., and filed its 1,285-page application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Adelphia, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, announced the filing.
At the time of purchase, the underground pipeline delivers either oil or natural gas to two Talen power plants in Northampton County, but will be converted to exclusively transport gas. Adelphia Gateway plans to convert the southern 50-mile portion of the pipeline, which formerly carried oil and has been idle since 2014, to transport gas southward to customers in Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware Counties. The Adelphia conversion project would require construction of two new 5,625-horsepower compressor stations, near Quakertown and in Marcus Hook. Adelphia also wants to build a new valve station at one of two proposed locations in Concord Township, Delaware County: Off Baltimore Pike, west of Stoney Bank Road, or next to Springlawn Road, near Purple Martin Drive. The plans include several meter and regulator facilities, typically where the pipeline connects with customers or meets other pipelines, and eight new "blowdown" assemblies located at existing valve stations. A blowdown is the release of gas from a pipeline to the atmosphere to relieve pressure so the pipe can undergo maintenance. Adelphia also proposes to build two new 16-inch-diameter lateral pipes to connect the planned Marcus Hook compressor station to the gas distribution systems of Peco Energy Co. and Delmarva Power.
The pipeline is the latest piece in a massive regional build-out of energy infrastructure, triggered by the boom in fracked gas from the region's shale fields. The pipelines have aroused fierce resistance from neighbors and environmentalists, who oppose the expansion of fossil-fuel consumption.
In June of 2018, the Delaware County Council was working towards hiring a consultant to perform a hazard analysis risk assessment of the pipeline. After putting out a request, it received one expert who met the specifications, Quest Consultants. However, several issues arose with that firm, particularly that it had performed work for a group opposed to the pipeline and that it did not provide its cost structure or analysis.
In January of 2019, FERC released their environmental assessment of the project in which they stated there was no significant impact on the environment.
FERC issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Adelphia Gateway project in December of 2019. As of February 2020, the project has received the required air quality permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, but still needs its state water quality assessment.
Articles and resources
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- Repurposing of 84-Mile Pipeline to Give Region Access to Low-Cost, Domestic Natural Gas, Pivot Today, accessed October 2018
- Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects Energy Information Agency, July 21, 2020
- Adelphia unveils its 84-mile natural gas pipeline through Philly; Will it spur protests?, Philly.com, accessed May 2019
- Kathleen E. Carey, Delco moves forward on pipeline risk assessment study, Daily Local News, June 21, 2018
- Adelphia Gateway Pipeline Moves Ahead with FERC, Natural Gas Now, accessed May 2019
- The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (15 January 2020). "Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) grants approval for Adelphia Gateway". chamberphl.com. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects (January 2020). "Adelphia Gateway Project Environmental Assessment" (PDF). Department of Energy. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
- Kurt Bresswein, Pipeline update: Where these 2 projects through the Lehigh Valley stand, amid continuing Pa. natural gas boom, Leigh Valley Live, June 9, 2019