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Expansion Projects / Northern Lights 2023

Date Requested: Mar 02 2024 11:04 AM

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Project Overview

The Northern Lights 2023 Expansion Project will serve Northern’s customers for firm natural gas transportation capacity along Northern's existing pipeline system. To do so, Northern will construct and operate the pipeline facilities described below.​

Pipeline Description County State
2.79-mile extension of the 36-inch-diameter Ventura North E-line Freeborn MN
1.07-mile 30-inch-diameter Elk River 3rd branch line loop Washington MN
1.14-mile extension of the 24-inch-diameter Willmar D branch line Scott MN
2.48-mile extension of the 8-inch-diameter Princeton tie-over loop Sherburne MN
2.01-mile 4-inch-diameter Paynesville 2nd branch line loop Stearns MN
0.34-mile extension of the 8-inch-diameter Tomah branch line loop Monroe WI


On March 28, 2022, Northern filed its section 7 application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting project approval in February 2023. However, the project approval was delayed until September 25, 2023. The Sierra Club requested rehearing of the commission’s approval, and the request was denied. In-service is now planned for November 1, 2024.


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