Natural gas project progresses in Ontario County

The town is in line for a new natural gas compressor station that promises to generate a nice chunk of change for Farmington, Ontario County and the Victor Central School District.

Proposed is a 32,000 horsepower (HP) compressor station off Hook Road in the town. Part of a proposed $135 million Empire North project, the new station was the subject of a public meeting last fall. Empire representatives have talked with local officials including town Planning Board and emergency responders, said Farmington Town Supervisor Peter Ingalsbe.

“It’s been well received,” he said.

Specifically, the new station in Farmington would involve construction and operation of a 32,000 horsepower electric motor-driven compressor station. The new facilities would be directly adjacent to the existing Rochester Gas & Electric substation and existing utility power lines and rights of way, as well as the New York State Thruway.

Ingalsbe said facilities for the new station would be built on about 10 acres of roughly 92 acres Empire bought from a private landowner a few years ago, and where Empire put in a major gas line. The location enabling Empire to tap into electricity will make it the first natural gas compressor station in the state to run on electricity, “making it a cleaner operation,” the supervisor said.

Empire Pipeline Inc. projects the Farmington Compressor Station would provide total property tax revenue of $25 million over 10 years. Annually, that would give the town $107,700; Ontario County, $616,900; and Victor Central School District, $1,59 million, in addition to $17,700 in library tax.

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