The NEXUS Gas Transmission project recently received a Certificate of Approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This is good news for DTE Energy customers and our state. Access to nearby, low cost natural gas and revenues from the 255-mile project – a collaboration between Enbridge and DTE – will help the latter control costs for customers and continue to provide affordable natural gas while adding hundreds of jobs and boosting Michigan’s economy.
The project will also help Michigan significantly reduce its carbon emissions as gas generation of electricity replaces coal. A recent article in Forbes states the largest single factor in the nation’s 14 percent drop in carbon emissions since 2005 is natural gas.
Stretching across northern Ohio and connecting to DTE’s natural gas system in Ypsilanti Township, NEXUS will draw from plentiful natural gas deposits in Ohio, western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. The energy will help fuel growing markets along the route, including industrial customers and gas-powered electrical generation facilities.
For more than three years, NEXUS conducted extensive environmental studies and received feedback from communities along the route. In light of this information, NEXUS made 230 route changes to the 255-mile pipeline path. To minimize the effect on agricultural operations – especially drain tile systems – NEXUS representatives worked closely with farmers to review and analyze each parcel of farmland crossed by the project.
Once completed, NEXUS will have the capability of delivering 1.5 Bcf (billion cubic feet) of gas each day. The system’s four compressor stations and 36-inch diameter pipeline were engineered and designed to exacting standards.
To ensure safe and reliable operation, NEXUS will utilize redundant layers of protection – from high-tech monitoring at gas control centers to routine foot patrols along the system. The entire project will be designed, constructed, maintained and operated to meet or exceed requirements of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Ninety-four percent of the pipeline will be American made.
Additional NEXUS safety measures include:
· Pipe manufactured from high-strength alloyed steel
· All welds ultrasonically or X-ray inspected
· Pipe and welds will be sealed with protective coatings
· 24/7 pipeline monitoring
· Remote control shut-off valves
· Regular federal pipeline inspections
· Local first responder outreach
· 100 percent of the pipe will be pressure tested at levels far above design conditions
In Michigan, NEXUS is expected to provide 1,533 jobs totaling $97 million in wages and have a total economic impact of $135 million, according to a study by Michigan State University.
The pipeline is expected to be in operation late in the third quarter of next year. More information on the project can be found at www.nexusgastransmission.com.