Property is under consideration

STEUBENVILLE – Officials with Spectra Energy said Thursday two Jefferson County properties being considered for a multi-million dollar compressor station are off the table because the landowners have opted not to participate.

Susan D. Waller, vice president of stakeholder outreach and sustainability at Spectra, said company policy does not allow her to identify landowners by name. The Dillonvale option is stlll under consideration.

She did say, however, the company still plans to notify the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission which of the six remaining sites it thinks would be best suited for the plant when they update their resource reports on or before Sept. 20. That would keep them on pace with the company’s interntal timeline, which, if the necessary certifications are granted, would see construction starting somewhere around March 2015.

If all goes as planned, the $500 million project, including about 70 miles of pipeline, would be certified late in 2014. They hope to have the plant in service by the fourth quarter of 2015.

The pipeline would extend from Columbiana County, near the Kensington plant, into Carroll, Jefferson, Belmont and Monroe counties, though the actual route still is being tweaked in response to factors such as crops, sewage systems and geography.

Waller previously said compressor stations are typically the size of a barn and equipped with state-of-the-art safety controls such as emergency shutoff valves, sensors and around-the-clock monitoring.

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