Algonquin pipeline expansion

Spectra Energy, the Houston-based company that owns the Algonquin natural gas pipeline that runs east-and-west across Connecticut is now planning to make a major expansion of the line.

In the Danbury area  include Danbury, and the New York towns of Putnam, Carmel and Southeast , the company plans to remove its existing 26-inch line and replace it with a 42-inch line.

In Oxford, it plans to increase the power of its compression station.

Spectra wants to expand its line to increase its ability to deliver natural gas to the Northeast. That would fit Gov. Dannel Malloy’s energy strategy, calling for more more natural gas in the state.