Energy & Infrastructure

TBT: 15 years ago construction begins on Florida’s first new pipeline in 40 years

Staff Reports

Construction on one of the largest energy projects in North America began 15 years ago this summer as Williams and Spectra Energy broke ground on Gulfstream Natural Gas System.

The first phase of the 745-mile pipeline project began the summer of 2001, ultimately making its first deliveries to the Sunshine State on May 28, 2002. The $1.6 billion project was Florida’s first new natural gas pipeline in 40 years and the first interstate pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico.

Construction of the massive project was captured in the 2002 documentary Blue Flame. The hour-long video was digitized from VHS and edited for your web-viewing pleasure: