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FERC says 'chime in' on double tax recovery; Cheniere advances Okla. pipe

FERC asks stakeholders to 'chime in' on double tax recovery by pipelines

FERC wants to hear from a broad range of parties as it considers adjusting its income tax allowance and rate-of-return policies to avoid double recovery of tax costs in the rates charged by pipeline companies and partnerships.

FERC put out the call for comments because a court-ordered review of the relationship between FERC policies on income tax and return on equity could have a "significant and widespread effect ... upon oil pipelines, natural gas pipelines, and electric utilities subject to the commission's regulation," FERC said in a draft notice of the inquiry. Initial comments are due within 45 days of the notice being posted in the Federal Register.

Cheniere progresses on proposed pipeline in early FERC review

Cheniere Midstream Holdings, Inc. in November contacted Oklahoma state authorities and landowners along the route of the company's proposed natural gas pipeline that would help secure supply for the Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG export terminals.

In a monthly status update filed with FERC on Dec. 19, the company said it had held meetings with the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and it contacted landowners and other stakeholders about upcoming "open house" meetings to discuss the proposed project, which Cheniere calls "MIDSHIP."

Boardwalk's Gulf South gets OK to start building 1.42-Bcf/d line to Freeport LNG

FERC gave Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP the go-ahead to start construction on a project to deliver natural gas to Freeport LNG Development LP's export terminal under development in Brazoria County, Texas.

The Coastal Bend Header project was approved by FERC on June 20 and is designed to transport up to 1.42 Bcf/d to the liquefaction and export terminal on Quintana Island. Gulf South is a subsidiary of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP.

Energy Transfer asks for certificate for 3.25-Bcf/d Rover line within 2 weeks

Energy Transfer Partners LP's Rover Pipeline LLC urged FERC to grant authorization by the end of December for the Rover natural gas pipeline project that is supposed to allow producers to move the first volumes of an eventual 3.25 Bcf/d of Appalachian supplies to Midwest, Gulf Coast and Canadian markets starting in July 2017.

Rover explained that approval before the end of the year would allow it to begin construction by mid-January 2017. If FERC does not issue the approval, the company said, a year delay and "devastating implications" for its customers could result.

FERC OKs ANR Pipeline settlement over rate increase

FERC approved an uncontested settlement that resolved all issues in a Natural Gas Act Section 4 rate case filed by ANR Pipeline Co.

A Dec. 15 FERC order concluded that the proposed settlement will resolve all the issues raised in the rate case and that it "appears to be fair, reasonable and in the public interest."

Sabine Pass ready to introduce gas to East Meter Pipe project

Cheniere Energy Inc. affiliates asked FERC for permission to introduce natural gas to their East Meter Pipe project that will feed the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal.

In a Dec. 15 letter, Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC and Sabine Pass LNG LP requested that FERC grant the project authorization to begin commissioning activities on the East Meter Pipe project "at the earliest date possible, but no later than December 30, 2016."

Transco's 448-MDth/d Dalton project expected to be ready on time

FERC approved a final stage of construction for the Dalton pipeline expansion being built by Williams Cos. Inc.'s Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC that keeps the project on track to begin delivering an extra 448,000 Dth/d of natural gas to Georgia in 2017.

A Dec. 13 FERC order granted authorization to build three remaining meter stations in Virginia. Construction is expected to be completed in January 2017. Construction of the project facilities began in October 2016.