The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave its approval to Spectra Energy for the construction of the New Jersey-New York (NJ-NY) Expansion Project in the US.

FERC approved the project after it diligently reviewed the NJ-NY Expansion Project’s implementation plan detailing the construction work and satisfying all the pre-construction conditions.

The NJ-NY Expansion Project is a 20 mile expansion of the Spectra Energy’s Texas Eastern Transmission and Algonquin Gas
Transmission interstate pipeline systems.

The project once completed, will be able to provide extra 800 million cubic feet per day of natural gas capacity into the New Jersey/New York region.

Spectra Energy president and chief executive officer Greg Ebel said the comprehensive, multi-year review by numerous federal, state and local agencies has culminated with the formal approval by FERC to commence construction of the New Jersey-New York Expansion Project.

"We will continue to cooperate with the communities and appropriate regulatory agencies as we complete work on a project that will provide critically-needed pipeline infrastructure, as well as significant environmental and economic benefits to the region," Ebel added.

The federal and state agencies, independent inspectors, and Company personnel will rigorously inspect the project throughout its construction period.

The NJ-NY project is expected to start in the coming weeks and achieve completion in the final quarter of 2013.