Columbia Gas Reliability Plan

Note: On February 26, 2020 Columbia Gas plead guilty to the Dept. of Justice for violating the federal Pipeline Safety Act and agreed to exit Massachusetts. Shortly after their announcement, Eversource announced their intention to purchase Columbia Gas for $1.1B.

In 2017 Columbia Gas originally proposed five (5) infrastructure projects in its Greater Springfield Service Area to increase system reliability, accommodate expanded use of gas, and end its current moratorium on new and expanded gas use in the Northampton Service Area.

On October 11, 2019 Columbia Gas announced they were abandoning their plan to build the “Alternate Backfeed” through the city of West Springfield to bring gas to Holyoke, and to declare the gas moratorium in Northampton and Easthampton indefinite.

The remaining four (4) projects include Kinder Morgan (Tennessee Gas Pipeline, TGP) upgrades to the TGP Agawam compressor station and a new loop along the TGP Agawam lateral, a new Longmeadow meter station with a new (or replacement) pipeline in Longmeadow and Springfield, and a replacement pipeline in Agawam and West Springfield and then across the Connecticut River into Springfield.  Map below.

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See more on Agawam Station 261 Upgrade Projects

DPU Filings:

Docket 19-135 – Five-Year Forecast & Supply Plan:

Docket 17-172 – Contract Case:

Docket 17-166 – Five-Year Forecast & Supply Plan: