The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Tuesday approved Dominion Transmission Inc.'s (DTI) request to begin service on new facilities that will accommodate capacity from Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (REX).

DTI, in its Hub III Project, has constructed 9.42 miles of 24-inch diameter pipeline that looped Dominion's existing line TL-342 in Greene County, PA, and rewheeled an existing turbine compressor unit at its Mockingbird Hill Compressor Station in Wetzel County, WV. DTI, a subsidiary of Richmond, VA-based Dominion Resources, estimated the cost of the new facilities at approximately $35 million.

The facilities, which were completed on time, will enable DTI''s current customers to reassign primary firm receipt rights from their current receipt points to a new Dominion interconnection with REX at Clarington, OH, the terminus of the REX pipeline.

In a 2007 open season, 12 of Dominion's existing firm transportation customers executed binding precedent agreements modifying their existing primary receipt point rights, according to the October 2009 order approving the project (see Daily GPI, Nov. 19, 2007). Under the modified agreements, these customers will receive total capacity rights of 224,317 Dth/d at the Clarington Interconnect, while correspondingly reducing primary receipt point capacity at their existing receipt points.

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