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Paiute Pipeline gets OK from FERC to finish 2018 expansion project in Nevada

Staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cleared Paiute Pipeline Co. to begin construction on the final pieces of its natural gas expansion project in western Nevada.

FERC staff approved the final construction work for the 2018 expansion project in an Aug. 29 notice. The entire expansion project consists of 8.47 miles of upsized or looped pipeline and associated facilities in four segments along a 65-mile stretch of Paiute's Carson and South Tahoe laterals in Douglas County, Lyon County and Carson City in Nevada. The expansion will allow Paiute to meet California and Nevada shippers' demands, especially during the winter.

The completed project will deliver 4,604 Dth/d of incremental capacity from an interconnection with Tuscarora Gas Transmission Co., and will shift 1,031 Dth/d of existing delivery capacity downstream on Paiute's South Tahoe lateral.

Paiute asked the commission to allow construction on the final portion on June 15, adding more information to the request on July 6 and Aug. 24. FERC approved the project in a certificate order May 15. The developer applied on July 5, 2017, for the expansion. (FERC docket CP17-471)