The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved construction of the Cameron Access Project in southwest Louisiana by Columbia Gulf Transmission LLC, parent companies Columbia Pipeline Group Inc. (CPG) and Columbia Pipeline Partners LP said Sept. 21.
The Cameron Access Project includes improvements to Columbia Gulf’s existing pipeline system, ancillary facilities, a new compressor station near Lake Arthur, La., and the installation of a roughly-26 mile long greenfield pipeline lateral in Cameron Parish, La., providing direct access to the Cameron LNG export facility.
The project involves an investment of about $310 million and includes binding precedent agreements for more than 90% of the 800 million cubic feet of new firm transportation capacity.
Columbia has been working closely with residents of Louisiana — and federal, state and local agencies — for more than 18 months to outline the pipeline project and share information about safety procedures and construction plans. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016, and the project is scheduled to be placed in service during the first quarter of 2018.
Glen Kettering, president of CPG, said the Cameron Access Project is an integral part of the $10 billion-plus project backlog that CPG will work on during the next several years and that could triple the size of the company by 2020.
Columbia Pipeline Partners LP is based in Houston.