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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