Florida Southeast Connection acquires FERC approval to carry natural gas

With expectations of starting construction in the spring, Juno Beach’s Florida Southeast Connection LLC recently obtained proper certification from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build an underground natural gas pipeline in southern Florida.

Since approximately 68 percent of electricity in the Sunshine State is powered by natural gas, the new connection will serve Floridians’ increasing needs by conveying natural gas from central to southern Florida, enhancing the region’s natural gas transportation system.

"This is a major milestone for an important infrastructure project that will help meet the growing energy needs of South Floridians for generations to come," Michael DeBock, NextEra Energy’s executive director of gas infrastructure, said.

At a projected $550 million cost, the Florida Southeast Connection pipeline will link with two existing Florida lines, plus a new line to be created and overseen by Sabal Trail Transmission LLC between Florida and Alabama.

The project, anticipated to take one year, is to begin service in 2017. Its terminus points will be located in Osceola County and Indiantown, Florida, with the project running 126 miles from Osceola to the FPL Martin Clean Energy Center in Indiantown.

Florida Southeast Connection LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc. with headquarters in Juno Beach.

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