HOUSTON — TC Energy Corp. is moving forward with an initiative to improve natural gas transmission service in the United States and reduce emissions. The WR Project is a set of projects that are anticipated to constitute a total capital investment of approximately $800 million USD.
The WR Project is designed to increase base system reliability and expand an existing portion of the ANR Pipeline Co. (ANR) system to serve markets in the midwestern United States, while lowering emissions by approximately 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year, which equates to the removal of more than 6,500 passenger vehicles from the road annually.
By expanding its system, ANR will be able to provide up to an incremental 157,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas capacity to local area distribution and electric generation companies in markets that have recently announced significant coal fired and vintage gas generation retirements. ANR has secured long-term firm transportation agreements to meet energy demand in the Midwest, which helped support TC Energy’s approval of the project. The project’s facilities include, in part, the installation of electric motor compressors with fuel switching capabilities for additional reliability to replace existing natural gas-powered compressor units along ANR’s system.
“The electrification of horsepower for the project is expected to result in approximately 43 percent reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions at the source with full utilization of the electric drive units, consistent with TC Energy’s approach to optimize our existing footprint with more sustainable infrastructure while improving reliability and organically growing our business along our existing corridor,” said TC Energy president and CEO François Poirier in a Nov. 5 statement.
Planned further conversion of natural gas to electric motor compressors in the coming years is expected to continue the trend of minimizing emissions from our natural gas transmission and storage facilities.
The WR Project is expected to be brought in service in the fourth quarter of 2025.Tags: Low-Carbon Future, natural gas, TC Energy, WR Project