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Expansion Projects / Northern Lights 2021

Date Requested: Mar 31 2020 11:26 AM
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Project Overview

The Northern Lights 2021 Expansion Project will allow Northern to accommodate requests from its customers for firm natural gas transportation capacity along Northern's existing pipeline system. To meet these requests, Northern is proposing to construct and operate (1) 8.49 miles of pipeline loops and extensions with pipeline ranging from 6 to 24 inches in diameter; (2) one new compressor station; and (3) modifications at an existing compressor station and interconnect; all located in Minnesota. The facilities are further described in the table below.

Component Name Component Description County State
  1.97-mile extension of the 24-inch-diameter Willmar D branch line Dakota and Scott MN
  0.7-mile 24-inch-diameter Carlton Interconnect loop Carlton MN
  5.75-mile 6-inch-diameter Paynesville branch line loop Stearns MN
  0.07-mile Pierz Interconnect Morrison MN
Compression A new compressor station near Hinckley Pine MN
  Additional compression at the Pierz compressor station Morrison MN
Interconnect Modifications to the Pierz Interconnect Morrison MN


On December 6, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Northern's application to use the Commission's pre-filing process. The pre-filing proceeding, which has been docketed by the Commission at PF20-1-000, requires Northern to implement a Public Participation Plan that will involve open houses and other outreach opportunities, as needed, with affected landowners and other stakeholders. Northern plans to conduct the following open houses; invitations will be mailed to stakeholders and notices will be published in local newspapers providing details on the open houses.

Day Date Place Time
Monday Feb. 17

Riverside Inn

118 3rd Street S

Cold Spring, MN 56320

6-8 p.m.
Tuesday Feb. 18

Legends Gold Club

8670 Credit River Blvd

Prior Lake, MN 56372

6-8 p.m.


Northern plans to file its application with the Commission for project approval in July 2020. Northern is anticipating that approval for the project, subject to Commission review, will occur in March 2021. The facilities are scheduled to be placed into service November 1, 2021.


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