Montoursville Pipeline

Project Description

AEDES conducted a thorough feasibility study on behalf of Talen Energy Corporation. The study focused on the construction of a new 10.4-mile pipeline situated within an existing UGI Energy Services pipeline easement corridor and connecting to a gas yard in Lycoming and Montour counties, PA. This pipeline plays a crucial role in Montour Services, LLC's initiative to convert the existing Montour Power coal-fired plant to co-firing natural gas in its existing boilers.

As part of the study, Montour Services is concurrently constructing a new 16.2-mile pipeline (Montour Pipeline) from the existing Transcontinental Gas Pipeline (Transco) to the Montour plant. Additionally, two above-ground facilities are being developed to house metering and gas conditioning equipment. The 10.4-mile pipeline section would run along the northern end of UGI's pipeline easement, within 20 feet of the centerline.

The study involved a meticulous evaluation of geographic information systems, U.S. geological surveys, high-consequence and aerial site maps of the entire pipeline route. The team also delved into previously published reports, historical data, and property drawings of surrounding lands and sensitive areas, including local, state, and federally protected zones. This comprehensive approach identified potential impacts on parks, wildlife protection areas, and specially protected waterways along the pipeline route.

Existing data was used to quantify significant features along the proposed pipeline route, such as utilities, active and abandoned railroad rights-of-way, roadways, and high-quality aquatic resources. The team conducted preliminary field surveys to verify natural and man-made features affecting the design, permitting, construction, and operation of the pipeline. As part of the process, the team reviewed as-built drawings of the easement to identify a suitable location for connection to Transco, temporary easements, workspaces, and access routes.

A permitting needs assessment was prepared, outlining specific regulations, permits, and approvals, including scheduling, mitigation measures, and cost estimates. The assessment identified key regulatory agencies and other entities for the preparation of state, local, and federal permit applications, encompassing civil permits for roadways, railways, and utilities.

The culmination of these efforts resulted in a comprehensive report, including a project schedule outlining engineering, permitting, and construction activities, supporting the design and construction of the pipeline. This study showcased the team's thoroughness and expertise in navigating complex regulatory landscapes and environmental considerations associated with pipeline projects.

Services Provided

  • Feasibility Study
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Instrumentation and Controls Engineering
  • Cost Estimating
  • Scheduling
  • Bid Support
  • Project Controls
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Support
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  • MarketNatural Gas
  • ClientTalen Energy
  • LocationPennsylvania