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.
Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS) is proposing Westbrook XPress Project (WXP) to increase New England’s natural gas supply. Adding to PNGTS’ existing capacity, WXP will be capable of transporting approximately 124,000 dekatherms a day (Dth/d) to areas where it is in great demand.
Enhancing PNGTS’ existing capacity through WXP will be achieved via the installation of facilities to compress and cool gas on the PNGTS system, and the modification of an existing meter station, on land adjacent to the existing Westbrook Compressor Station. The facilities at Westbrook are jointly owned by PNGTS and Maritimes & 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 1, 2022. All work will be conducted on or adjacent to the existing station. Construction will only be associated with Phase II, which is slated to be placed into service in 2021.
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.