Palomar To Build Gas Transmission Line In Oregon

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Palomar Gas Transmission LLC, a joint venture of TransCanada Corporation and Northwest Natural Gas Company, filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in December for a certificate to build and operate an interstate natural gas transmission pipeline in Oregon.
  If the certificate application is approved by FERC by the end of 2009, Palomar could begin construction in 2010 with a target in-service date of November 2011. Palomar would be only the second interstate gas transmission pipeline to serve customers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and southwest Washington State.
  The proposed project calls for a 217-mile, 36-inch-diameter pipeline that would extend from the Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) pipeline, a TransCanada-owned pipeline in central Oregon, to a point on the Columbia River northwest of Portland. The pipeline as proposed would be capable of transporting up to 1.3 Bcf/d of natural gas.
  The seven Oregon counties the proposed pipeline would traverse would realize an aggregate increase in property taxes of several million dollars annually. The proposed project would create an estimated 275 temporary jobs in 2010 and more than 1,800 construction jobs during 2011.