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04/20/2018 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida PSC Expands Natural Gas Service in Escambia and Palm Beach Counties

TALLAHASSEE — Helping expand natural gas service and grow economic development, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved two projects for Peninsula Pipeline Company—a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. New natural gas pipeline projects are planned in West Palm Beach and in Escambia County, including two transfer stations.

 “Providing natural gas service alternatives to Escambia County boosts economic and job growth in the important Pensacola area market,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham.  “Peninsula’s construction and ownership of a new pipeline in West Palm Beach protects Florida Public Utilities Company’s (FPUC) customers, who benefit from the service but are sheltered from project costs and risks.”

Peninsula’s transportation service agreement with Central Florida Gas (CFG) –also a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities – is to construct a pipeline and two transfer stations in Escambia County. Upon completion in late 2018, CFG’s new distribution system will provide gas service to an industrial customer and to Pensacola Energy, a municipal natural gas utility. CFG’s expansion plans also include serving additional customers.

In its agreement with FPUC, Peninsula will construct and own the Belvedere Pipeline that will interconnect with the interstate Florida Gas Transmission line in the West Palm Beach area. FPUC’s growing service demand in the area drove the need for this project and for construction of additional pipeline to interconnect with its existing natural gas distribution system. 

Peninsula received PSC approval in 2007 of an intrastate gas pipeline tariff that allows it to construct and operate intrastate pipeline facilities and to actively pursue agreements with natural gas customers. The company provides transportation service only and does not engage in the sale of gas.

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