Columbia Lateral Gets Green Light

Columbia Gulf Transmission got the go-ahead from FERC last week to build a 37-mile lateral to provide natural gas service to two power generation plants in Warren County, MS. The so-called Vicksburg lateral will transport 285 MDth/d of gas to facilities of Entergy Mississippi Inc. (EMI) and Warren Power LLC in Warren County. The lion's share of the gas (200 MDth) will go to EMI [CP01-28].

The proposed 20-inch diameter lateral will extend from a point on Columbia Gulf's mainline system in Richland Parish, LA, to an interconnection point with the facilities of EMI at its existing Baxter Wilson generating plant in Warren County, and with the facilities of Warren Power at a plant to be built in Warren County. Columbia Gulf pegged the cost of the lateral at $20.1 million.

The Commission dismissed a protest of Orange and Rockland Utilities addressing Columbia Gulf's proposed rates and conditions of service for EMI and Warren Power. Those issues "are not being decided in this proceeding," the order said. "The only authorization that Columbia Gulf is seeking in this proceeding is the certificate authority necessary to construct the proposed lateral."

Susan Parker

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