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PSCo: Don't Try to Resuscitate Front Runner

PSCo: Don't Try to Resuscitate Front Runner

Given that the case is now before a court, FERC is "powerless" to act on KN Wattenberg Transmission LLC's petition seeking a one-year extension of the construction and operation deadline for its proposed 109-mile Front Runner Pipeline, which was supposed to begin service this month, says a competing pipeline.

And even if the Commission did have jurisdiction, it should refuse to extend the optional certificate for KN Wattenberg to build Front Runner, argued the Public Service Co. of Colorado (PSCo), sponsor of the competing Front Range Pipeline, in a response filed at FERC last week [CP98-49]. "The Commission should eschew engaging in heroic measures to bring the certificate back to life." The certificate expired July 10th.

In the petition filed earlier this month, KN Wattenberg asked FERC for the "additional time" to conduct "further market analysis" of its project following the completion of the competing 53-mile, 269 MDth/d Front Range line, which went into operation last November (see Daily GPI, July 14). The sponsors of Front Runner and Front Range have been locked in a fierce race to build new capacity to serve the growing Denver, CO, market. Although Front Range has won hands down, KN Wattenberg insists there's still a need for its proposed Front Runner facilities. However, it appears to be questioning the extent of that need now.

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