Pipeline to send Piceance gas to west U.S.

Williams’ Northwest Pipeline GP has completed a 26.4-mile pipeline project to help connect Piceance Basin natural gas with western U.S. markets.

Tulsa-Okla.-based Williams said Tuesday that Northwest Pipeline has received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to place the 24-inch-diameter Colorado Hub Connection pipeline into service.

The pipeline and related facilities cost $60 million and connect the Meeker/White River regional production area hub with the Northwest Pipeline mainline system south of Rangely. That will allow delivery to points as far south as Ignacio, where Northwest links to the El Paso Natural Gas and Transwestern Pipeline Co.

Williams Pipeline Partners LP owns a 35 percent interest in Northwest Pipeline.

Williams is the leading natural gas producer in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin. Until the region’s recent drilling slowdown and the completion of new pipeline projects, a pipeline shortage had resulted in Rockies gas selling for far less than gas in other parts of the country.


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