Empire Pipeline

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Empire Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline running from Canada to Pennsylvania.[1]

Location

The pipeline will run from Cippawa, Ontario, Canada to Tioga, Pennsylvania, USA.

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Project Details

  • Owner: National Fuel Gas Company
  • Proposed capacity: 300 Million cubic feet per day
  • Length: 428.1 kilometers / 266 miles
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1993

Background

Empire Pipeline is a FERC-regulated interstate pipeline system that generally transports natural gas from various receipt points in southern New York and at the Pennsylvania border to various local distribution companies, end-users and other interstate pipelines in Western and Central New York and Canada. Empire Pipeline started operations in 1993 as a 157-mile natural gas transmission pipeline that stretched from the Canadian Border at Chippawa to Oswego County, New York. In 2008, the 77-mile Empire Connector Pipeline was placed into service, adding a southern mainline that joined Empire to Millennium Pipeline at Corning, New York. In November 2011, the 15-mile Tioga County Extension was constructed, extending the Empire Connector to producer-gathering systems located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. In late 2015, the 17-mile Tuscarora Lateral was placed into service, bridging the gap between National Fuel Supply Corporation’s Tuscarora Compressor Station in Steuben County, New York and the Tioga County Extension.[2]

Expansion Projects

Empire North Expansion Project

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the expansion pipeline extends into Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, Canada and entered partial service in June 2020.[3]

Empire North Expansion Project Location

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Empire North Expansion Project Details

  • Operator: Empire Pipeline[4]
  • Owner: National Fuel Gas Company[1]
  • Capacity: 300 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d)[4]
  • Length: 40.2 kilometers / 25 miles[4]
  • Diameter: 26-inches[4]
  • Cost: US$141 million[4]
  • Status: Operating[3]
  • Start Year: 2020[4]

Northern Access 2016 (NY to ON) Expansion Project

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the expansion pipeline would have extended from New York, USA to Ontario, Canada. It was approved by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) but is now considered to be shelved.[4]

Northern Access 2016 (NY to ON) Expansion Project Details

  • Operator: Empire Pipeline[4]
  • Owner: National Fuel Gas Company[1]
  • Capacity: 350 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d)[4]
  • Length: 3.4 kilometers / 2.1 miles[4]
  • Diameter: 24-inches[4]
  • Cost:
  • Status: Shelved[4]
  • Start Year: [4]

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Empire North Expansion, RBN Energy, accessed October 2018
  2. Empire Pipeline, National Fuel, accessed October 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 In the first half of 2020, about 5 Bcf/d of natural gas pipeline capacity entered service U.S. Energy Information Agency, Aug. 24, 2020
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects Energy Information Agency, July 21, 2020

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