Fed OKs upgrades to compressor station

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com Williams/Transco has received federal approval to move forward on the first two phases of upgrades to the natural gas compressor station located on Keith Road in Coweta County. The announcement was made at Thursday night's meeting of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners also received notification of a proposed third phase of the work.
Phases one and two will likely begin in January, said County Administrator Theron Gay, and work is expected to be completed by May. Phase One consists of increasing the horsepower at the station from 18,975 to 22,000, Gay said. Phase two includes the installation of three bays of "gas coolers." As the gas is compressed and pushed through the pipeline, friction is created, which produces heat, Gay said, so the coolers will cool the gas. The third phase will increase the horsepower from 22,000 to 25,000. That phase is mostly a software upgrade, Gay said Friday afternoon. The county was informed of phase three in a letter dated Nov. 19. The application for phase three was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 29, Gay said. The phase three work isn't expected to be done until July 2012, Gay said. The FERC docket number for phase three is CP11-18. Information on the application is available at www.ferc.gov, and a copy of the application is also available at the Powell Library on Hospital Road. Questions pertaining to interstate pipeline facility proceedings can be directed to the FERC's office of external affairs by calling 202-502-6088 or by mailing a letter to 888 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 20426. Anyone wishing information may also contact Williams by e-mailing pipelineexpansion@williams.com or calling 866-455-9103. Information about the entire "midsouth" expansion project may be viewed at www.williams.com/Midsouth . The Keith Road property was originally zoned for the compressor station in 1997, Gay said. There were several conditions of zoning, and Williams/Transco will have to continue to abide by all of them. The most relevant condition in light of the upgrades is the restriction on the noise level. The company is restricted to a maximum of 45 decibels, Gay said. The upgrades are not expected to increase noise over that amount. However, once the upgrades of phases one and two are complete, "they are going to do a post-construction noise survey," Gay said. "They are showing that they are going to stay within our decibel levels," he said. However, if the compressor station noise goes over 45 decibels, "there are several things they said they can do" to correct it, Gay said.


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