Federal Register: January 8, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 5)NoticesPage 1102From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Docket No. CP98-162-000El Paso Natural Gas Company; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization
January 2, 1998.
Take notice that on December 24, 1997, El Paso Natural Gas Company (El Paso), P.O. Box 1492, El Paso, Texas 79978-1492, filedin Docket No. CP98-162-000 a request pursuant to Secs. 157.205 and 157.216(b) of the Commission's Regulations under the Natural Gas Act (18 CFR 157.205 and 157.216(b)) for authorization to abandon in place the Loop Line from Tucson-Phoenix ``A'' Line to East Tucson Power Plant No. 4 (Line No. 2090) located in Pima County, Arizona, under the blanket certificate issued in Docket No. CP82-435-000, pursuant to Section 7(b) of the Natural Gas Act, all as more fully set forth in the request which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection.
El Paso states that Line No. 2090, which was placed in-service in May, 1968, is an approximately 171 foot long loop line interconnecting El Paso's 10-3/4'' O.D. Tucson-Phoenix ``A'' Line with the East Tucson Power Plant No. 4. El Paso states that Southwest Gas Corporation (Southwest), formerly Tucson Gas & Electric Company (TG&E), the only customer served through these facilities, by letter dated November 19, 1996, to El Paso requested abandonment of Line No. 2090. El Paso notes that it then purged, capped, and isolated the loop line. El Paso contends that the isolation of Line No. 2090 has not resulted in a change in service, does not affect its ability to perform its obligations under its Transportation Service Agreement with Southwest, nor has it adversely impacted El Paso or its customers in any manner.
Line No. 2090 was originally constructed to accommodate the need for additional fuel at the electric power generation to serve the growing population in the Tucson area. El Paso states that the projected need for additional volumes of gas for increased electric generation did not materialize, making Line No. 2090 unnecessary. El Paso states that it has provided written notification of the abandonment to the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Any person or the Commission's staff may, within 45 days after issuance of the instant notice by the Commission, file pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission's Procedural Rules (18 CFR 385.214) a motion to intervene or notice of intervention and pursuant to Section 157.205 of the Regulations under the Natural Gas Act (18 CFR 157.205) a protest to the request. If no protest is filedwithin the time allowed therefor, the proposed activity shall be deemed to be authorized effective the day after the time allowed for filing a protest. If a protest is filed and not withdrawn within 30 days after the time allowed for filing a protest, the instant request shall be treated as an application for authorization pursuant to Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act. David P. Boergers, Acting Secretary.
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