The Bureau of Land Management approved the route of a natural gas pipeline that will be built by Paiute Pipeline Co. to connect Elko, NV with El Paso’s Ruby Pipeline, north of town. The project will expand available capacity of gas delivered to Elko by installing 35 miles of 8-inch pipeline from the city to Ruby Pipeline LLC’s Wieland Flat Compressor Station.
According to the BLM, the project would address growing demands for natural gas, including increased residential and business load, and the greater energy needs of mining operations in the Elko area. The pipeline requires a 75-foot temporary right-of-way during construction and a 50-foot permanent right-of-way after construction is complete.
El Paso Corp.’s Ruby Pipeline, which stretches 680 miles from Wyoming to Oregon and crosses through Elko County, was completed in 2011. Paiute Pipeline Co. is a subsidiary of Southwest Gas Corp.