Palomar Gas seeks FERC approval for Oregon pipeline

February 2009 Vol. 64 No.2
Multnomah Falls, a few miles downriver from the proposed pipeline's terminus.

Palomar Gas Transmission LLC, a joint venture of TransCanada Corp. and Northwest Natural Gas Co. have filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a certificate to build and operate a natural gas transmission pipeline in Oregon.

If approved, Palomar could begin construction in 2010 with a targeted 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 217-mile, 36-inch pipeline would extend from the Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) pipeline to the Columbia River northwest of Portland. The pipeline would be capable of transporting up to 1.3 Bcf/d of natural gas. Palomar would provide NW Natural with additional access to the interstate pipeline grid via an interconnect southeast of Portland. Palomar would also connect with the proposed Bradwood Landing LNG terminal in Clatsop County.