Florida

The Sabal Trail underground natural gas pipeline project originates in Alabama, stretches through Georgia and terminates in Florida and, at completion, will be approximately 515 miles in length – 494 miles of 36-inch-diameter and 21 miles of 24-inch-diameter pipeline.

Roughly 268 miles, 247 miles of 36-inch-diameter and 21 miles of 24-inch-diameter, of those miles are located in Florida. The pipeline affects 12 counties in Florida, including Alachua, Hamilton, Suwannee, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Sumter, Lake, Polk, Osceola, Orange and Citrus Counties.

More specifically, the Sabal Trail project includes:

  • Construction of approximately 494 miles of 36-inch-diameter mainline natural gas pipeline that originates in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, near Transco milepost 944, and ends at an interconnection with Florida Southeast Connection’s project in Osceola County, Florida;
  • Construction of approximately 13 miles of 36-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline extending from the Reunion compressor station in Osceola County, Florida, to Florida Gas Transmission’s existing natural gas pipeline in Orange County, Florida;
  • Construction of approximately 21 miles of 24-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline in Marion and Citrus Counties, Florida, to a new electric generation plant by Duke Energy Florida, Inc.;
  • Construction of five (5) new compressor stations in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, Dougherty County, Georgia, and Suwannee, Marion, and Osceola Counties in Florida; and
  • Construction of six (6) new meter stations

If you are curious to know the route of the pipeline in your county, maps can viewed by selecting the county of your interest below

We invite you to view the detailed maps of areas involved with the Sabal Trail pipeline project in Florida by reviewing the below PDFs. These maps are draft photo-based alignment drawings, which were submitted as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") Final Resource Reports in November 2014 and filed with FERC in Docket No. CP15-17-000. These maps reflect the preferred route and reroutes that were filed in the formal application to FERC.

To view the Florida maps from the “pre-file” process, please click here.

Economic Benefits of the Sabal Trail Project

Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC (Sabal Trail) will provide a significant economic benefit to Alabama, Georgia and Florida by creating jobs and adding capital investment and tax base to each state.

Orlando-based Fishkind & Associates, Inc. (Fishkind) conducted a study, entitled Fiscal & Economic Benefits of the Proposed Sabal Trail Natural Gas Pipeline, which found that the economic impacts of the Sabal Trail pipeline project are substantial. This study was also peer reviewed by M. Keivan Deravi, Ph.D., professor of economics at Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala., and the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development, and they agreed with the findings by Fishkind.

Overall, Fishkind concluded that the Sabal Trail pipeline project will generate an estimated $755 million through just one year of construction impacts. The project will also employ 5,667 people during the course of constructing the 501-mile pipeline. And, the permanent economic impacts will result in 527 jobs, $22 million in annual wages and $74 million in total economic output.

In total, Alabama, Georgia and Florida will produce a combined economic impact during the construction period of:

  • 5,667 construction jobs available
  • $207,095,902 funds from jobs being created
  • $296,276,910 additional funds contributed by non-directly related construction activity
  • $754,519,279 amount of funds during construction

Additionally, in total, Alabama Georgia and Florida will produce a combined permanent economic impact, which are the ongoing and accruing annual economic impacts from operations, maintenance and taxes paid to local governments of:

  • 527 permanent jobs after construction is completed
  • $22,076,191 funds from jobs being created
  • $35,399,577 additional funds contributed by non-directly related construction activity
  • $73,857,223 amount generated for the state after construction is completed

The economic benefits found by Fishkind can also be broken down by state.

Economic Benefits to Florida

In Florida, where 268.5 total miles of pipeline is being constructed in Hamilton, Suwanee, Gilchrist, Alachua, Levy, Marion, Sumter, Lake, Polk, Osceola, Orange and Citrus Counties, the economic benefits during the construction phase will include:

  • 2,709 construction jobs available
  • $99,524,916 funds from jobs being created
  • $157,740,158 additional funds contributed by non-directly related construction activity
  • $371,282,027 amount generated for the state after construction is completed

In addition, the permanent economic impact and operations in Florida will include:

  • 288 permanent jobs after construction is completed
  • $13,338,775 funds from jobs being created
  • $21,442,201 additional funds contributed by non-directly related construction activity
  • $43,294,998 amount generated for the state after construction is completed

Quality of Life

Every day, Americans commute to work, charge their phones and do a number of activities that require reliable energy. But how often do we take a moment to stop and consider where our energy comes from?

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Environment

Meeting the expanding energy needs of the Southeastern markets and a beautiful environment is not mutually exclusive. Wherever possible, the new pipeline will follow existing right-of-ways to substantially limit environmental impacts.

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Economic Impact

Natural gas is not only powering our lives, but is powering our economy as well. It is anticipated that by 2025, 3.8 million new jobs will be either directly or indirectly related to natural gas.

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