FERC seeks comment on enviro review of Nevada gas pipeline project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 27 released an environmental assessment on the Elko gas pipeline project in Nevada.

In June 2014, Paiute Pipeline Co. (PPC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Gas Corp., filed an application with FERC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct, operate, and maintain a natural gas transmission pipeline and related facilities in Elko County, Nevada.

PPC’s project, referred to as the 2015 Elko Area Expansion Project, would consist of about 35.2 miles of new 8-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline; a new aboveground interconnection at Ruby Pipeline LLC’s Wieland Flat Compressor Station; two new isolation valves; and modifications to PPC’s existing Elko City Gate.

According to PPC, the project would address the growing demands for natural gas, including increased residential and business load, and the greater energy needs of mining operations in the Elko area. Installation of the new pipeline would expand PPC’s existing natural gas transmission system capacity to the Elko area by a design capacity of about 21,994 dekatherms per day (Dth/day). This incremental capacity is fully subscribed by two shippers who PPC has identified as Southwest Gas (21,275 Dth/day) and Newmont Mining (719 Dth/day).

PPC is proposing to place the proposed facilities into service by November 2015 (pending regulatory approvals) in accordance with its commercial agreements for the project.

Said the EA: “The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed Project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.” Comments on the EA are being taken until Feb. 26.

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