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Black Hills' Wyoming utility to build 35-mile gas pipeline to boost reliability

Black Hills Corp.'s Wyoming natural gas utility Black Hills Gas Distribution LLC plans to build a new 35-mile pipeline to connect customers in central Wyoming to additional gas supplies.

The utility on May 18 filed a certificate of public convenience and necessity with the Wyoming Public Service Commission to construct the $54 million Natural Bridge pipeline project, according to a July 2 news release. The pipeline would run from an interconnection supply point near Douglas, Wyo., to facilities near Casper, Wyo.

The project is expected to improve reliability of supply on the northern end of a 750-mile transmission pipeline system serving the Riverton and Casper areas of central Wyoming.

Separately, Black Hills received approvals from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Iowa Utilities Board, Kansas Corporate Commission and Nebraska Public Service Commission to return savings from federal tax cuts to its utility customers. On an annual basis, Black Hills expects to pass on $10.8 million of tax savings to Colorado customers as of July; $2.2 million to Iowa customers as of June; $1.9 million to Kansas customers as of April; and $3.8 million to Nebraska customers as of July.

Black Hills is a South Dakota-based utility company serving 1.25 million gas and electric customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.