A 44-mile-long, $280 million natural gas pipeline under construction in central New York will carry natural gas from northern Pennsylvania to East Coast markets.
Construction began late last month on New York’s section of the Bluestone Pipeline that will carry natural gas produced in northern Pennsylvania to the Millennium Pipeline, which will take it to energy markets on the East Coast.
“We hope to be complete and have gas flowing by the end of the year,” said Mike Armiak, a spokesman for the pipeline.
Bluestone Gas Corporation of New York Inc., a subsidiary of Detroit-based DTE Energy, filed preliminary paperwork in July 2011 outlining plans for a nine-mile portion of the pipeline, 20 inches in diameter, in eastern Broome.
On Sept. 21, the state Public Service Commission issued a certificate that gave the company the green light for the project. Construction began Oct 20.
The pipeline will snake through Susquehanna County, Pa., before it crosses into New York in the Town of Sanford. Plans indicate it will run through 9.2 miles of rural land before reaching the Millennium Pipeline, a massive energy artery that cuts through the Southern Tier on its way from Corning to Ramapo, N.Y.
“It’s a way to get more benefits from the Millennium Pipeline by having this interconnect with Bluestone,” Armiak said, noting that union labor is being used when available. “What it means is there’ll be diversification of supply.”
The natural gas will come from wells located within a 30,000-acre footprint in Susquehanna County controlled by Houston-based Southwestern Energy Services Company, which signed an agreement with DTE Energy earlier this year.
The pipeline will have a capacity to pump 275 million cubic feet of natural gas per day — roughly enough to provide heat to 3,800 homes for a year — following DTE Energy’s planned $280 million investment in the system over 2012 and 2013, according to the company’s most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.