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 162 of those miles are located in Georgia. The pipeline affects nine counties in Georgia, including Stewart, Webster, Lee, Dougherty, Mitchell, Colquitt, Lowndes and Brooks 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 Georgia 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 Georgia 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 Georgia
In Georgia, where 162.2 total miles of pipeline is being constructed in Stewart, Webster, Terrell, Lee, Dougherty, Mitchell, Colquitt, Brooks and Lowndes Counties, the economic benefits during the construction phase will include:
- 1,856 construction jobs
- $57,885,570 in labor income generated
- $88,851,336 total value produced
- $242,825,056 total economic output
In addition, the permanent economic impact and operations in Georgia will include:
- 145 permanent jobs available
- $5,784,114 funds from jobs being created
- $9,050,294 additional funds contributed by non-directly related construction activity
- $19,804,413 amount generated for the state after construction is completed