ELKO – Southwest Gas recently celebrated the opening of a 35-mile pipeline expansion that connects Ruby Pipeline to Elko.
The line has been active since January, but subsidiary Paiute Pipeline Company celebrated the expansion April 29 with a ribbon cutting.
The Adobe Lateral Transmission Line increases the natural gas pipeline’s capacity, helping Southwest Gas meet the demands for natural gas service in the expanding Elko area for many years to come.
During the winter months it has been a struggle to supply enough gas to customers in Elko and at the Newmont Mining Corp. mines, said Stacey Woodbury, Southwest Gas spokeswoman. Before the new pipeline, Southwest Gas had to ration Newmont’s mine, but the expansion has eliminated that problem, she said.
Elko city and county, and state officials and dignitaries representing Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Mark Amodei attended the ribbon cutting.
“During construction, there were between 50 and 70 dedicated workers on the construction site,” said Mark Litwin, director of Paiute Pipeline Company. “All of the workers, whether from Paiute or one of our contractors, helped the local economy by staying in nearby hotels, eating at area restaurants, and purchasing many other community services on a daily basis.”
The construction of the Adobe Lateral Transmission Line was completed in cooperation with a variety of government agencies, including: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and with special assistance from the Te-Moak Tribe.
Paiute Pipeline Co. owns and operates an interstate pipeline system which extends from a point of interconnection with the facilities of Northwest Pipeline Corp. at the Idaho-Nevada border to the California-Nevada state line near the north and south ends of Lake Tahoe, where Paiute delivers gas into the facilities of three local distribution companies. Paiute operates a storage facility near Lovelock.
Paiute Pipeline Co. completed the main portion of the line through Elko County in 2011.