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Dominion Transmission, Inc. and Texas Eastern Transmission, LP; Notice of Application

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Start Preamble February 6, 2003.

Take notice that on January 30, 2003., Dominion Transmission, Inc. (DTI), 445 West Main Street, Clarksburg, West Virginia 26301, and Texas Eastern Transmission, LP (Texas Eastern), 5400 Westheimer Court, Houston, Texas 77056-53101, filed in Docket No. CP03-46-000, an application pursuant to section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), as amended, and part 157 of the regulations of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission), for authorization to uprate the horsepower on three electric engines at the Oakford Compressor Station and two electric engines at the South Oakford Compressor Station all located within Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. This filing is available for review at the Commission or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site at using the “FERRIS” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at or toll-free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.

DTI and Texas Eastern state that these proposed uprates will provide greater operating flexibility and will potentially improve the performance of the Oakford Storage Complex. DTI and Texas Eastern state that as joint owners of the Oakford Storage Complex they are requesting authorization to operate the two existing 5,000 HP Engines #3 and #4 located at the South Oakford Station to an ISO-rated HP of 5,750 each and to operate the three existing 4,000 HP Engines #13, #14 and #15 located at the Oakford Station to an ISO-rated HP of 4,600 each. According to DTI and Texas Eastern, this operation at the higher HP rating is intended to improve the efficiency of the Oakford Storage Complex by allowing them to use the existing certificated level of capacity more efficiently and to maintain design pressures more effectively. In addition, DTI and Texas Eastern state that these operational improvements will facilitate more reliable and more flexible storage and transportation service to DTI and Texas Eastern's existing customers, at no additional cost. DTI and Texas Eastern add that they propose to modify the software controls so that each of the engines may be operated at the design rating described above; that this operation will not require any installation, construction or facility reconfiguration beyond the modifications of the software controls; and, that there will be no air emission issues since these compressor units are powered by electric motors.

Any questions concerning this application may be directed to Sean R. Sleigh, Certificates Manager, Dominion Transmission, Inc., 445 West Main Street, Clarksburg, West Virginia 26301, at (304) 627-3462 or fax (304) 627-3305; or to Steven E. Tillman, General Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Texas Eastern Transmission, LP, P. O. Box 1642, Houston, Texas 77251-1642, at (713) 627-5113 or fax (713) 627-5947.

There are two ways to become involved in the Commission's review of this project. First, any person wishing to obtain legal status by becoming a party to the proceedings for this project should file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426, a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214 or 385.211) and the Regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.10) by the comment date, below. A person obtaining party status will be placed on the service list maintained by the Secretary of the Commission and will receive copies of all documents filed by the applicant and by all other parties. A party must submit 14 copies of filings made with the Commission and must mail a copy to the applicant and to every other party in the proceeding. Only parties to the proceeding can ask for court review of Commission orders in the proceeding.

However, a person does not have to intervene in order to have comments considered. The second way to participate is by filing with the Secretary of the Commission, as soon as possible, an original and two copies of comments in support of or in opposition to this project. The Commission will consider these comments in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but the filing of a comment alone will not serve to make the filer a party to the proceeding. The Commission's rules require that persons filing comments in opposition to the project provide copies of their protests only to the party or parties directly involved in the protest.

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 under the “e-Filing” link. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings.

If the Commission decides to set the application for a formal hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, the Commission will issue another notice describing that process. At the end of the Commission's review process, a final Commission order approving or denying a certificate will be issued.

Comment Date: February 27, 2003.

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Magalie R. Salas,


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[FR Doc. 03-3525 Filed 2-12-03; 8:45 am]