Kern River Plans CA Extension to High Desert Power Plant

Kern River Gas Transmission announced its third major gas pipeline expansion into California. The Williams subsidiary filed an application last week with FERC to construct a new 32-mile lateral in San Bernardino County to deliver 282,000 Dth/d of gas to the High Desert Power Project near Victorville.

The 24-inch diameter pipeline will extend from the Kern River/Mojave common facilities and the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) system interconnects near Daggett to the gas-fired electric generating plant, which is currently under construction. Completion of the pipeline is scheduled for Sept. 1, 2002.

"Kern River continues to extend its delivery infrastructure in order to meet market demands," said Kirk Morgan, director of business development. Construction of the High Desert Lateral is Kern River's third expansion in California within the last year. On July 1, it placed in service its California Action Project expanding its system capacity by 135,000 Dth/d and has filed with the FERC to further expand its system capacity by May 2002. Kern River also plans to expand its capacity by an additional 906,000 Dth/d by May 2003.

The 922-mile transmission system currently delivers 835 MMcf/d of Rocky Mountain gas to markets in California, Nevada, and Utah.

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