Hearing Sought on Gas Quality Of Cove Point
Washington Gas Light Co. last week called on FERC to schedule a
formal hearing to explore concerns of distribution customers that
the liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be imported by Williams' Cove
Point LNG facility will meet the standards for pipeline-quality
In a protest filed last Monday, the Washington D.C.-based
distributor said a hearing was needed to satisfy future customers
of Cove Point that the type and character of the LNG to be imported
at the Lusby, MD, facility, if re-opened, will fall within the
standard parameters of traditional transmission quality gas.
Williams last month asked the Commission for the go-ahead to
reactivate the mothballed Cove Point LNG terminal and import
services by April 1, 2002, and expand its LNG storage capacity to
7.8 Bcf (See NGI, Feb. 5, 2001).
A review by FERC of the Cove Point LNG plant should address both
the financial and operational aspects associated with the
introduction of a non-traditional fuel source into the interstate
pipeline system, Washington Gas said.
The distributor noted it had no proof that the LNG at Cove Point
would be anything other than pipeline-quality gas. "We just
basically want to be assured that the natural gas that is
activated...meets our standards," said spokeswoman Joan M.
Similar fears were raised in the mid to late 1970s, when the
Cove Point facilities were built, she said. At the time, the energy
industry had two years to address the issues, Hairston recalled,
but it has a much shorter timeframe (six months) to deal with them
now. A key concern is that Washington Gas may have to modify its
distribution equipment to accommodate a different pressure level in
Cove Point's LNG pipeline, Hairston told NGI.
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