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Gatherer Gets Go-Ahead to Build Pipeline in Wyoming

FERC last Wednesday issued a certificate to Rendezvous Gas Services LLC, a gathering company jointly owned by Questar Gas Management Co. and Mountain Gas Resources Inc., to build a small pipeline to transport natural gas from a processing facility in Wyoming to an interconnection with Kern River Gas Transmission.

Specifically, the project calls for Rendezvous to build and operate a 21-mile, 20-inch diameter pipeline from the outlet of the Blacks Fork natural gas processing plant in Uinta County, WY, to Kern River's Muddy Creek Compressor station in the Opal Hub area of Lincoln County, WY.

"The purpose of the proposed pipeline is to interconnect with the Kern River pipeline system as a new delivery point, [and] for the gathering systems of Rendezvous and its owners to increase the market options for their gathering customers," the order said [CP05-40].

The proposed pipeline would provide 330,000 Dth/d of capacity for deliveries of gas from the Blacks Fork plant to the Kern River system, according to Rendezvous. Salt Lake City, UT-based Questar Gas and Mountain Gas Resources, a unit of Denver-based Western Gas Resources Inc., have contracted for all of the firm capacity of the line, with Questar Gas initially to receive 84% of the capacity and Mountain Gas to get 16%.

The two owners of Rendezvous Gas have agreed to share the $11.3 million estimated cost of constructing the pipeline, as well as the cost of operating the line. FERC granted Rendezvous Gas market-based rate authority for services on the proposed pipeline.

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