The market for natural gas in New England has been constrained for years by a lack of infrastructure to move this clean, abundant and affordable fuel to where it is needed.
That is beginning to change.
Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS) is proposing Portland XPress (PXP) to increase New England’s natural gas supply without the need for construction outside existing facilities. Adding to PNGTS’ existing capacity, PXP will be capable of transporting approximately 180,000 dekatherms a day to areas where it is in great demand.
Enhancing PNGTS’ existing capacity through Portland XPress will be achieved via some optimization modifications at an existing compressor station in Westbrook, Maine, a horsepower addition to an existing compressor station in Eliot, Maine, and some metering upgrades at the existing Dracut, Massachusetts, meter station. All three sites are jointly owned by PNGTS and Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline (MNE), and operated by M&N Operating Company, LLC (MNOC).
The proposed project will be completed in three phases, with the last expected to go into service by November 2020. All work will be conducted on existing property. Construction will only be associated with the final phase, which is slated to go into service in 2020.
Committed to Being a Good Neighbor:
Investment in new natural gas infrastructure will help meet New England’s growing energy needs and ensure long-term, reliable service of natural gas to homes and businesses in the region. However, we understand that this cannot be accomplished without committing to open and transparent relationships with our communities and neighbors.
From design, to construction and eventual operation, we are committed to keeping an open line of communication with local elected officials and neighbors. We also commit to meeting all federal standards for health, safety and the environment once the project is placed in service.
PNGTS has safely operated across New England for 20 years and is deeply committed to continuing this for generations to come.