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Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization

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Start Preamble August 1, 2001.

Take notice that on July 27, 2001, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation (Transco), P.O. Box 1396, Houston, Texas 77251, pursuant to Sections 157.205 and 157.208 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (the Commission) Regulations under the Natural Gas Act (NGA), as amended, and blanket certificate authority granted in Docket No. CP82-426-000, filed in Docket No. CP01-417-00 a request for authorization to modify all of its existing reciprocating engines at Compressor Station No. 170 in Appomattox County, Virginia in order to comply with the state of Virginia plan to implement the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (Station 170 has 11 reciprocating/ compressor units), all as more fully set forth in the request, which is on file with the Commission, and open for public inspection. This filing may be viewed on the web at using the “RIMS” link, select “Docket #” from the RIMS Menu and follow the instructions (please call 202-208-2222 for assistance).

Transco states that it plans to install turbochargers and associated equipment on 7 of the 11 reciprocating engines in order to reduce NOX emissions. These engines currently do not have turbochargers on them. It is stated that Transco plans to modify the existing turbochargers at the other 4 reciprocating units to increase their capacity and install associated equipment in order to reduce NOX emissions. At all 11 engines, emissions will be reduced by achieving a true lean air-fuel ratio, injecting high-pressure fuel directly into the power cylinders and making other engine adjustments. The injection of high-pressure fuel directly into the power cylinders significantly improves the combustion process by producing a more homogeneous mixture of air and fuel within the power cylinder. The true lean air-fuel ratio coupled with the high-pressure fuel injection works by promoting stable combustion characteristics and thus reduces the formation of NOX.

Transco further states that the 7 engines which will have turbochargers installed will have the potential to Start Printed Page 41221perform above their current operating horsepower. However, it is stated that, since Station 170 is automated, Transco has the ability to shut down certain engines or reduce their load to ensure that the station will not operate above the station's total certificated horsepower. Since Transco will install these turbochargers at Station 170 solely to achieve an environmental improvement, i.e., lower NOX emissions, it is stated that Transco has no intent or need to operate the station above its certificated horsepower. Therefore, when Transco installs these turbochargers at Station 170 it will adjust the automation program at the station so that it will not operate above its certificated horsepower.

Transco states that at the other 4 engines, modification of the existing turbochargers to increase their capacity will not create the potential of these engines performing above their current operating horsepower because the engines are already operating at maximum horsepower and cannot operate at a higher horsepower output. Accordingly, there will be an increase in the capacity in Transco's system in the vicinity of the station as a result of installing the 7 new turbochargers and modifying the 4 existing turbochargers.

Transco states that installation of new turbochargers and modifications to existing ones at Station 170 will require some work to be done outside of the compressor building. A fuel gas header designed to bring high-pressure fuel gas to each individual reciprocating unit will extend from the yard to the building with a supply to each unit. A new power supply building with approximate dimensions of 13 feet by 45 feet will be installed in the yard to supply uninterrupted power to the new equipment and unit control panels. New fin-fan coolers will be installed in the yard to satisfy the additional cooling requirements of the new turbochargers. Modifications of the type proposed may require the installation of a new utility system which would be built within existing buildings, but may require expanding out from them. All of the proposed work described above will be built within 50 feet of existing station facilities and will be done within the confines of previously disturbed areas. Approximately 0.2 acres of previously disturbed ground will be affected by the proposed project. Restoration of this area will be conducted according to the Commission's Upland Erosion Control, Revegetation, and Maintenance Plan.

Transco states that the above-referenced modifications are estimated to cost $18.7 million.

Transco further states that the construction and operation of the proposed facilities will have no significant impact on the quality of human health or the environment other than the positive impact of reducing NOX emissions. The proposed facilities will be installed either entirely within existing buildings or within 50 feet of existing station facilities (and within the confines of previously disturbed areas). Transco states that the proposed facilities will be designed, constructed, operated and maintained in accordance with all applicable safety standards and plans for maintenance and inspection.

Accordingly, Transco submits that this project will serve the public convenience and necessity because it will (1) reduce NOX emissions at Station 170, and (2) enable Transco to comply with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the state implementation plan pursuant thereto.

Transco states that it needs to commence the work at Station 170 on September 24, 2001 in order to complete the work on a timely basis with respect to the requirements of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the state implementation plan, while at the same time accommodating the operational needs of its pipeline system and ensuring that Transco's gas service obligations are met. Transco states that a state air permit will be negotiated.

Any questions regarding this filing should be directed to Alfred E. White, Jr., Senior Attorney, call (713) 215-2323 or Tom Messick, call (713) 215-2772, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation, P.O. Box 1396, Houston, Texas 77251.

Any person or the Commission's staff may, within 45 day 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 NGA (18 CFR 157.205), a protest to the request. If no protest is filed within the time allowed therefor, the proposed activity shall be deemed to be authorized effective the day after the time allowed for 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 NGA. Comments, protests and interventions may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See, 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's web site at under the link to the User's Guide. If you have not yet established an account, you will need to create a new account by clicking on “Login to File” and then “New User Account”.

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David P. Boergers,


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[FR Doc. 01-19708 Filed 8-6-01; 8:45 am]