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Lateral Proposed for Expanding NV Market

Lateral Proposed for Expanding NV Market

Tuscarora Gas Transmission is seeking FERC authority to build a 16.4-mile, 10,000 Dth/d lateral to meet the growing winter gas needs of LDC affiliate Sierra Pacific Power Co. (SPPC) in the northern and western sections of Nevada.

The Reno, NV-based pipeline is asking the Commission for expedited approval of the $10.2 million project so that it can be up and running by the start of the next winter heating season, which starts Nov. 1.

Without the so-called Hungry Valley lateral, SPPC has warned that its interruptible industrial customers in the northern and western portions of the state may be "fully curtailed for over a month" in the event temperatures plunge to 5 degrees or below next winter. Also, "periodic curtailment" is possible for the utility's firm commercial and industrial customers, as well as its residential users, Tuscarora told FERC in its application.

"In light of SPPC's forecasted difficulties during the heating season of 2000-2001, Tuscarora submits that it is appropriate for the Commission to consider this application on an expedited basis," the pipeline noted.

The proposed lateral would serve a new city-gate for SPPC in Lemmon Valley, NV, which is designed to accommodate the 4.6% annual growth in the utility's customer base, Tuscarora noted. The utility has contracted for the entire capacity of the lateral for a 15-year term.

Tuscarora said it will be able to provide the new capacity because PG&E Gas Transmission-Northwest has agreed to increase the minimum average delivery pressure to 825 psig from 700 psig for Tuscarora at the Malin, OR, interconnect.

Susan Parker

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