Koch Seeks Abandonment of Texas Line, Laterals
Koch Gateway Pipeline has asked FERC for the go-ahead to take
out of service the western portion of its Latex-Fort Worth Mainline
and associated laterals. The system, which extends from near Wills
Point, TX, to Fort Worth, consists of about 102 miles of pipeline
and laterals ranging in diameter from 4 to 20 inches.
The facilities have played a "very minor role" for Koch Gateway
over the past decade, delivering an average of 75 Mcf/d to a single
firm transportation customer (Lone Star Gas) and an average of
1,983 Mcf/d in interruptible supplies during 1998. Koch Gateway
said it and Lone Star, a Texas LDC, were working to develop a plan
that would permit the abandonment of the facilities without
"negatively impacting" service to Lone Star's customers.
"...[F]or Koch Gateway to operate and maintain approximately 100
miles of pipeline solely for the purpose of delivering a maximum of
250 MMBtu/d for a single firm customer is clearly not in the public
interest, especially considering that [the] customer's average
daily firm gas flows for the calendar year 1998 were only 75
MMBtu/d. This level of firm load does not justify either the
economic, environmental or operating risks of keeping this line in
service," Koch Gateway told FERC.
It asked that the facilities (also known as West Index 1) be
abandoned in place either on June 1 or when the last customer
served by the sole firm transportation customer has been converted
to an alternative service, whichever is later.
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