Proposed Portland XPress Project: More energy for New England
The market for natural gas in New England has been constrained for years by a lack of natural gas infrastructure to move the clean, abundant, affordable, and domestic fuel to where it is wanted and needed.
That is beginning to change.
Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS) is proposing Portland XPress to increase New England’s supply of energy without construction of new underground facilities. Added to existing capacity, Portland XPress will be capable of transporting 0.2 billion cubic feet a day (Bcf/d) to areas where it is in great demand.
This increase in much-needed natural gas access for New England will be achieved via modifications to the existing compressor station in Westbrook Maine and horsepower addition to the existing compressor station in Eliot, Maine. Both sites are jointly owned by PNGTS and Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline (MNE).
The proposed project will be built in three phases, with the last expected to go into service by November 2020. All work will be conducted on existing property.
Investment in new pipeline infrastructure will help meet New England’s growing energy needs and ensure long-term, firm delivery service of natural gas to homes and businesses in the region.