Columbia Gulf Transmission got the go-ahead from FERC last week
to build a 37-mile lateral to provide natural gas service to two
power generation plants in Warren County, MS. The so-called
Vicksburg lateral will transport 285 MDth/d of gas to facilities of
Entergy Mississippi Inc. (EMI) and Warren Power LLC in Warren
County. The lion's share of the gas (200 MDth) will go to EMI
The proposed 20-inch diameter lateral will extend from a point
on Columbia Gulf's mainline system in Richland Parish, LA, to an
interconnection point with the facilities of EMI at its existing
Baxter Wilson generating plant in Warren County, and with the
facilities of Warren Power at a plant to be built in Warren County.
Columbia Gulf pegged the cost of the lateral at $20.1 million.
The Commission dismissed a protest of Orange and Rockland
Utilities addressing Columbia Gulf's proposed rates and conditions
of service for EMI and Warren Power. Those issues "are not being
decided in this proceeding," the order said. "The only
authorization that Columbia Gulf is seeking in this proceeding is
the certificate authority necessary to construct the proposed
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