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Transwestern pipeline construction complete

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Transwestern crews install a 48-inch, concrete-encased natural gas pipeline in a ditch cut through the Upper Verde River this past June.

Transwestern/Courtesy photo<br> Transwestern crews install a 48-inch, concrete-encased natural gas pipeline in a ditch cut through the Upper Verde River this past June.

The large new Transwestern natural gas pipeline that runs through Yavapai, Maricopa and Pinal counties is complete, company officials announced.

Clean-up and restoration activities also are complete, spokesperson Jerry Hereden said. The construction right-of-way was generally about 120 feet wide.

The 42-inch and 36-inch pipeline can deliver as much as 500 million cubic feet per day of natural gas to Arizonans.

Currently its only Yavapai County customer is UniSource Energy Services, Hereden said. UniSource provides natural gas to most of northern Arizona and Nogales, as well as electricity to the Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Nogales areas. The pipeline has capacity for additional customers, Hereden said.

The 260-mile-long pipeline runs from Ash Fork in northern Yavapai County to the Coolidge area in Pinal County, crossing through the Prescott National Forest, Prescott Valley, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Black Canyon City areas on the way.

"This project will supply enough natural gas to fuel the equivalent of more than 4,000 megawatts per day of power generation plants," said Shelley Corman, senior vice president of marketing and regulatory for Transwestern, in a press release. "To put this into perspective, one megawatt generally provides enough electricity for 1,000 average American homes."

Transwestern's owner is Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., a publicly traded partnership operating in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Texas and Louisiana.

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