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Feds approve natural gas transport

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved Eastern Shore Natural Gas’ application to expand firm natural gas transportation service to Calpine Energy Services’ Garrison Energy Center in Dover.

Eastern, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corp., will transport 45,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day to service Calpine’s 309 MW electric generation plant.

ESNG plans to expand its facilities with the $38 million installation of 5.4 miles of 16-inch pipeline looping and 3,550 horsepower of new compression in Delaware. Eastern Shore estimates it will generate at least $5.8 million of revenue annually from providing the OPT service to Calpine. Since Calpine’s electric generation plant initiated operations in the second quarter of 2015, ESNG has been providing Calpine with a limited mix of short-term service solutions until the facilities associated with this project are completed.

Completion of the facilities is anticipated during the first quarter of 2017.

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