Sabal Trail Gas Transmission Pipeline

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Sabal Trail Gas Transmission Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline in the southern United States.[1]

Location

The pipeline runs from Alexander City, Alabama, to Reunion, Florida.[2]

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Project Details

  • Operator: Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC (100%)[3]
  • Owner: Duke Energy (33.40%), Nextera Energy (33.30%), Spectra Energy (33.30%)[4]
  • Capacity: 1 billion cubic feet per day[1]
  • Length: 516 miles / 830 km[1]
  • Diameter: 24-inches, 36-inches[3]
  • Cost: US$3.2 billion[5]
  • Status: Operating[1]
  • Start Year: 2017[1]

Background

Sabal Trail includes approximately 516 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline (86 miles in Alabama, 162 miles in Georgia, 268 miles in Florida) and, initially, at least two compressor stations at the beginning and end of the pipeline system. A total of five stations along the pipeline will be constructed by 2021. The pipeline will be capable of transporting one billion cubic feet per day or more of natural gas to serve local distribution companies, industrial users and natural gas-fired power generators in the Southeast markets.[6]

Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC (“Sabal Trail” is a joint venture of Spectra Energy Partners, NextEra Energy, Inc. and Duke Energy and Duke Energy of Florida ("DEF").

The pipeline entered commercial operation in June 2017.[7]

FERC ruling on GHG emissions

In August 2017 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that FERC failed to adequately consider climate impacts before approving the project.[8] In February 2018 FERC completed a supplementary review of the pipeline's impact and found that it would cause a 3.6 to 9.9 percent increase over Florida's 2015 emissions.[8] FERC has declined to set a standard for what constitutes "significant" impact on climate change, and in March 2018 FERC by a 3-2 vote reauthorized the pipeline.[9]

Financing

In April 2018, refinancing of the project's debt took place with the issuing of US$1.5 billion in bonds arranged by MUFG, Mizuho, Barclays and Citi.[10] The amount of initial financing and its sources for the US$3.2 billion project are not known.

Expansion Projects

Sabal Trail Project, Phase II

The expansion project will effect Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, USA. It will deliver natural gas to Florida Power and Light (FPL) and Duke Energy of Florida (DEF). It does not include adding any additional miles of pipeline.[5]

Sabal Trail Project, Phase II Project Details

  • Operator: Spectra Energy Corp, NextEra Energy, Duke Energy[5]
  • Proposed capacity: 170 million cubic feet per day[5]
  • Length:
  • Status: Operating[11]
  • Start Year: 2020[5]

Florida Power and Light Expansion Project

According to the U.S.'s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the expansion will deliver natural gas to Florida Power and Light (FPL) and Duke Energy of Florida (DEF). The expansion project has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and will add 75 million cubic feet per day.[5]

Florida Power and Light Expansion Project Details

  • Operator: Spectra Energy Corp, NextEra Energy, Duke Energy[5]
  • Proposed capacity: 75 million cubic feet per day[5]
  • Length:
  • Status: Proposed[5]
  • Start Year: 2021[5]

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Sabal Trail Gas Transmission Pipeline, Enbridge, accessed September 2017
  2. National Energy and Petrochemical Map , FracTracker, February 28, 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 Enbridge’s Energy Infrastructure Assets Enbrdige, July 22, 2020
  4. Asset Data, IJGlobal, accessed Aug. 27, 2020
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 Natural Gas Data, Pipeline Projects Energy Information Agency, July 21, 2020
  6. Sabal Trail Transmission, Sabal Trail Transmission, accessed January, 2018
  7. Sabal Trail put into commercial service, Suwanee Democrat, Jul. 7, 2017
  8. 8.0 8.1 FERC splits on climate review, reapproves Sabal Trail, E&E News, Mar. 15, 2018
  9. ORDER ON REMAND REINSTATING CERTIFICATE AND ABANDONMENT, FERC, 162 FERC ¶ 61,233, Mar. 14, 2018
  10. Sabal Trail Pipeline (832KM) Refinancing 2018, IJGlobal, accessed Aug. 18, 2020
  11. 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

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