Williams Applies to Build Pipeline Lateral

Williams' Northwest Pipeline has filed a FERC application that would allow the company to expand upon a system that is already classified as one of the nation's largest natural gas transporters. The filing would allow Northwest to build and operate a new nine-mile, 20-inch lateral pipeline in Snohomish County, WA.

"Growth in the Pacific Northwest and the development of gas-fired generation facilities is driving expansion of the Northwest system," said John Davis, manager of business development for Williams' Northwest Pipeline system.

The Everett Delta Lateral would deliver gas to a proposed FPL Energy 248 MW gas-fired power plant near Everett, WA, about 45 miles northwest of Seattle. The lateral would also deliver natural gas to the distribution system of Puget Sound Energy. The lateral will extend from a Northwest interconnect, north of the City of Lake Stevens to the proposed Everett Delta Power Plant located in the Port of Everett.

"The Everett Delta Lateral will provide clean-burning natural gas to generate electricity for residential, commercial and industrial customers in the region," added Davis.

Construction on the generating facility was originally scheduled to begin in late 1999 or early 2000, with commercial operation expected to begin in 2001 (see Daily GPI, Jan. 22, 1999). A spokeswoman for FPL said the Everett Delta Lateral plant is still in early development.

Capacity would be about 133,000 Dth/d, and the cost is pegged at $17.2 million. The project is scheduled to be in service in August 2002.

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