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Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project


Project Docket

Docket No G-11/GP-15-858
Project Name Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project
Applicant Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation
Description Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation is proposing to install approximately 13.1 miles of new natural gas pipeline west and south of the city of Rochester in Olmsted County, Minnesota
Location Olmsted County, City: Rochester, Byron, Stewartville, Townships: Cascade, High Forest, Kalmar, Marion, Pleasant Grove, Rochester, Rock Dell, Salem
Contact Larry Hartman
larry.hartman@state.mn.us
Status
  • 2016-02-03: Application accepted
  • 2016-02-29: Public meeting
  • 2016-07-26: Routes accepted for consideration
  • 2016-09-16: Environmental document available
  • Upcoming: Public hearing
  • Upcoming: Permit issued
  • Upcoming: Project built
  • Upcoming: Docket closed
eDockets 15-858

Project Summary

Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation (MERC) proposes to construct approximately 13.1 miles of new natural gas pipeline west and south of the city of Rochester in Olmsted County, Minnesota. The proposed pipeline will include installation of approximately 5.1 miles of 16-inch outside diameter and 8.0 miles of 12-inch outside diameter steel pipeline designed to operate at pressures between 400-475 pounds per square inch gauge (psig). The proposed project will tie together the northern and southern portions of MERC's existing natural gas distribution system.

The proposed project will also include construction of two town border stations. Town border stations receive high pressure natural gas from the natural gas transmission system (900-1,000 psig) and regulate it down for use on the local distribution system (400-500 psig). The project will also include construction of a district regulator station. District regulator stations take high pressure distribution natural gas (400-500 psig) and regulate it down further (60-100 psig) for delivery to the low pressure distribution system.

MERC is requesting a route permit for a 500-foot-wide route. The proposed project will require a 50-foot-wide permanent right-of-way, and an additional 50-foot-wide construction right-of-way.

The proposed project will be phased. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 and be completed in 2022. The project is anticipated to cost $44 million. 

 

Key Project Documents

Date Title Description
05/05/2017 Route Permit for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project. The Commission has issued a permit for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project
09/16/2016 Comparative Environmental Analysis for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project The Comparative Environmental Analysis is a written document developed and prepared by EERA that contains an overview of the resources and potential human and environmental impacts and mitigation measures associated with the proposed project
11/09/2015 Supplement to the Route Permit Application Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation has filed supplemental information to its route permit application to construct the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Olmsted County, Minnesota
11/03/2015 Route Permit Application for the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation filed an application for a route permit with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to construct the Rochester Natural Gas Pipeline Project in Olmsted County, Minnesota

Project Documents