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Natural Gas Pipelines; Project Cost and Annual Limits

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Final Rule.

Summary

Pursuant to the authority delegated by 18 CFR 375.308(x)(1), the Director of the Office of Energy Projects (OEP) computes and publishes the project cost and annual limits for natural gas pipelines blanket construction certificates for each calendar year.

 

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This final rule is effective February 6, 2013 and establishes cost limits applicable from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Richard Foley, Chief, Certificates Branch 1, Division of Pipeline Certificates, (202) 502-8955.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

Publication of Project Cost Limits Under Blanket Certificates Back to Top

Order of the Director, OEP

(February 1, 2013)

Section 157.208(d) of the Commission's Regulations provides for project cost limits applicable to construction, acquisition, operation and miscellaneous rearrangement of facilities (Table I) authorized under the blanket certificate procedure (Order No. 234, 19 FERC ¶ 61,216). Section 157.215(a) specifies the calendar year dollar limit which may be expended on underground storage testing and development (Table II) authorized under the blanket certificate. Section 157.208(d) requires that the “limits specified in Tables I and II shall be adjusted each calendar year to reflect the `GDP implicit price deflator' published by the Department of Commerce for the previous calendar year.”

Pursuant to § 375.308(x)(1) of the Commission's Regulations, the authority for the publication of such cost limits, as adjusted for inflation, is delegated to the Director of the Office of Energy Projects. The cost limits for calendar year 2013, as published in Table I of § 157.208(d) and Table II of § 157.215(a), are hereby issued.

Effective Date Back to Top

This final rule is effective February 6, 2013. The provisions of 5 U.S.C. 804 regarding Congressional review of Final Rules does not apply to the Final Rule because the rule concerns agency procedure and practice and will not substantially affect the rights or obligations of non-agency parties. The Final Rule merely updates amounts published in the Code of Federal Regulations to reflect the Department of Commerce's latest annual determination of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) implicit price deflator, a mathematical updating required by the Commission's existing regulations.

List of Subjects in 18 CFR Part 157 Back to Top

Jeff C. Wright,

Director, Office of Energy Projects.

Accordingly, 18 CFR part 157 is amended as follows:

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PART 157—[AMENDED] Back to Top

1.The authority citation for Part 157 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

15 U.S.C. 717-717w, 3301-3432; 42 U.S.C. 7101-7352.

2.Table I in § 157.208(d) is revised to read as follows:

§ 157.208 Construction, acquisition, operation, replacement, and miscellaneous rearrangement of facilities.

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Table I Back to Top
Year Limit
Auto. proj. cost limit (Col.1) Prior notice proj. cost limit (Col.2)
1982 $4,200,000 $12,000,000
1983 4,500,000 12,800,000
1984 4,700,000 13,300,000
1985 4,900,000 13,800,000
1986 5,100,000 14,300,000
1987 5,200,000 14,700,000
1988 5,400,000 15,100,000
1989 5,600,000 15,600,000
1990 5,800,000 16,000,000
1991 6,000,000 16,700,000
1992 6,200,000 17,300,000
1993 6,400,000 17,700,000
1994 6,600,000 18,100,000
1995 6,700,000 18,400,000
1996 6,900,000 18,800,000
1997 7,000,000 19,200,000
1998 7,100,000 19,600,000
1999 7,200,000 19,800,000
2000 7,300,000 20,200,000
2001 7,400,000 20,600,000
2002 7,500,000 21,000,000
2003 7,600,000 21,200,000
2004 7,800,000 21,600,000
2005 8,000,000 22,000,000
2006 9,600,000 27,400,000
2007 9,900,000 28,200,000
2008 10,200,000 29,000,000
2009 10,400,000 29,600,000
2010 10,500,000 29,900,000
2011 10,600,000 30,200,000
2012 10,800,000 30,800,000
2013 11,000,000 31,400,000

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3.Table II in § 157.215(a)(5) is revised to read as follows:

§ 157.215 Underground storage testing and development.

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Table II Back to Top
Year Limit
1982 $2,700,000
1983 2,900,000
1984 3,000,000
1985 3,100,000
1986 3,200,000
1987 3,300,000
1988 3,400,000
1989 3,500,000
1990 3,600,000
1991 3,800,000
1992 3,900,000
1993 4,000,000
1994 4,100,000
1995 4,200,000
1996 4,300,000
1997 4,400,000
1998 4,500,000
1999 4,550,000
2000 4,650,000
2001 4,750,000
2002 4,850,000
2003 4,900,000
2004 5,000,000
2005 5,100,000
2006 5,250,000
2007 5,400,000
2008 5,550,000
2009 5,600,000
2010 5,700,000
2011 5,750,000
2012 5,850,000
2013 6,000,000

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[FR Doc. 2013-02612 Filed 2-5-13; 8:45 am]

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