FERC approves $34.7m Paiute Pipeline project in Nevada

The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 14 approved a June 2014 application from Paiute Pipeline Co. for a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing it to construct and operate about 35.2 miles of 8-inch diameter pipeline, modify its Elko City Gate in Nevada, construct and operate a new interconnection with Ruby Pipeline LLC, and construct and operate related facilities.

The so-called Elko Area Expansion Project will enable Paiute to provide 21,994 dekatherms per day (Dth/day) of incremental firm transportation service to Southwest Gas Corp.-Northern Nevada (Southwest-NN) and Newmont Mining Corp.

Paiute is engaged in the transportation of natural gas in interstate commerce, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Gas Corp. Paiute’s natural gas transmission system extends approximately 226 miles in a southerly direction from an interconnection with Northwest Pipeline LLC at the Owyhee Receipt Point near the Idaho-Nevada border to Wadsworth Junction, Nevada, where Paiute’s mainline splits into the Reno and Carson Laterals.

These laterals extend to the California-Nevada border near the north and south ends of Lake Tahoe, where Paiute delivers gas to some of its customers, including Sierra Pacific Power d/b/a NV Energy. Paiute’s Elko Lateral, which begins at a point approximately 100 miles downstream of the Owyhee Receipt Point, extends in an easterly direction for approximately 147 miles to the existing Elko, Nevada, City Gate.

Paiute proposes to construct and operate facilities in Elko County, Nevada, that are designed to provide 21,994 Dth/day of incremental firm transportation service. Specifically, Paiute proposes to:

  • construct and operate approximately 35.2 miles of 8-inch diameter pipeline extending from Ruby’s existing Wieland Flat Compressor Station, located approximately 32 miles north of Elko City along Nevada Highway 225, to Paiute’s existing 6-inch diameter Elko Lateral at its Elko City Gate;
  • construct and operate a new interconnection with Ruby adjacent to the footprint of the Wieland Flat Compressor Station (the Jade Flats Meter Station or, alternatively, the Jade Flats Receipt Point);
  • construct and operate associated appurtenant facilities; and
  • modify Paiute’s existing Elko City Gate to include two new dry gas filters, replacing or relocating existing station piping and components, relocating an existing supervisory and data acquisition building, and expanding an existing 8-foot high chain link fence.

The estimated cost of the Elko Area Expansion Project is approximately $34,741,346.

“A certificate of public convenience and necessity is issued to Paiute authorizing the construction and operation of the Elko Area Expansion Project facilities, as more fully described in the application, as supplemented, and in the body of this order,” said the May 14 FERC approval.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.