Williams Holds Open Season on Kern River Interconnect

Kern River Gas Transmission Co., a unit of Williams, is holding a binding open season for seasonal and year-round firm backhaul transportation service from a new interconnect with Questar Pipeline's ML No. 104 near Elberta, UT, to markets along the Wasatch Front upstream of the interconnect.

The new backhaul transportation service will be available on the joint in-service date of Questar Pipeline's ML No. 104 and Kern River's new Elberta receipt point, which is scheduled to be Nov. 1, 2001. Shippers must execute a completed bid form by Wednesday (Sept. 12).

Questar's ML No. 104 is a 75-mile, 272,000 Dth/d expansion loop that received its FERC certificate on June 13, and final regulatory approvals in early July (see NGI, June 18; July 16). The proposed facilities would transport to western markets the growing coal-seam natural gas production near Price, UT, and the volumes delivered to Questar from Colorado Interstate Gas' (CIG) Uinta Basin Lateral at Natural Buttes. The $80 million pipeline is expected to help satisfy the growing demand for gas along Utah's Wasatch Front.

Kern River said shippers interested in firm backhaul transportation service must execute one or more bid forms for each proposed package. Interested parties can contact Greg Snow at (801) 584-7270 or Jeff Leishman at (801) 584-6682 to obtain a copy of the firm backhaul bid Form and a pro forma transportation agreement. Williams will notify shippers of any allocation of capacity, and submit transportation agreements by Sept. 18. The company said that final transportation agreements must be executed and submitted back to Kern River no later than Sept. 27.

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