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Blue Light Report - July / August 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The National Pipeline Agreement has finally been signed and finalized for June 1, 2020, through June 4, 2023. Our contract will immediately go to print, and by the time the Blue Light reaches you, we will be sending out a printed copy to all members. For the time being, you can go to the 798 website for viewing and print a copy now if you like.

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The Northern Lights 2019 Project is composed of two discrete projects, the Northern Lights 2019 Expansion component and the Rochester Expansion component; the two projects will be built at the same time and Northern will be combining the two projects for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s pre-filing process into a single application with FERC. 

The proposed facilities, which are subject to change as the pre-filing process progresses, initially include, for the Rochester project: (1) construction of 12.3 miles of 16-inch-diameter greenfield branch line; (2) an increase in the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) of an 8-mile segment of the La Crosse branch line; and (3) a new Rochester town border station (TBS). 

The Northern Lights 2019 segment of the project will consist of construction of: (1) 9.9 miles of 24-inch-diameter greenfield pipeline, (2) 8.9 miles of branch line and mainline loops/extensions ranging in size from 6-inch- to 36-inch-diameter pipeline; (3) additional compression at Northern’s existing Faribault and Owatonna compressor stations; and (4) a new compressor station located near Carver, Minnesota.  

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