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FERC authorizes Northwest Pipeline to place piece of Wash. upgrade in service

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an in-service authorization for a Northwest Pipeline LLC meter station that is part of a natural gas lateral upgrade in Snohomish County, Wash., designed to increase gas transportation capacity for a utility customer.

In an Oct. 17 letter, the commission found that the Williams Cos. Inc. unit has sufficiently stabilized workspaces and has made good progress with restoration around the North Seattle/Everett meter station.

The North Seattle lateral upgrade project will increase firm delivery capacity on the line by 159,299 Dth/d. Northwest proposed the $47.3 million project to address a request from Puget Energy Inc.'s gas and electric utility, Puget Sound Energy Inc., for an increase in firm gas transportation capacity. Puget Sound Energy is one of two customers with firm transportation contracts on the North Seattle lateral, which delivers up to 253,120 Dth/d of gas.

The project included the rebuilt North Seattle/Everett meter station, abanding and replacing 5.9 miles of pipeline, and relocating other infrastructure.

FERC approved the upgrade project in July 2018. Northwest submitted an abbreviated application for the project in May 2017. (FERC docket CP17-441)