Open Season Expected For Kern River Capacity
After the recent successful completion of an open season on an
added 124,5000 Dth/d of firm transportation capacity into
California along its 922-mile interstate pipeline, Williams'
subsidiary Kern River Gas Transmission will announce another open
season this week, perhaps as early as today for additional new
capacity on the pipeline carrying Rocky Mountain supplies from
southwest Wyoming, a Salt Lake City-based Kern River spokesperson
Although the spokesperson indicated the current 700
MMcf/d-capacity pipeline is running full these days, Kern River has
no plans to re-open its previous proposals to build transmission
laterals within California, heading north and south into major
industrial areas of the state. The growing supplies, which are
expected to come into the state to fuel the accelerating demand for
new natural gas-fired electric generation plants, will be fulfilled
by adding compression and looping, the spokesperson said.
Kern River is planning on bringing "a lot more volumes" into
California in the years ahead, said the spokesperson, noting that
the recent capacity expansion will be made possible by an $80
million project to add three new compressor stations, additional
compression at an existing Wyoming station, restage a compressor in
Utah and upgrade two meter stations. The new open season is
expected to run for two months through the end of January for
marketers, merchant generators, large industrial plants and
utilities along the pipeline route in Utah, Nevada and California,
all of which have been experiencing tremendous energy load growth.
The bulk of the interest is still expected to come from California,
the spokesperson said.
Richard Nemec, Los Angeles
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