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Koch Seeks Abandonment of Texas Line, Laterals

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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