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Gulfstream Begins Open Season for Compression Expansion Capacity

Gulfstream Natural Gas System LLC last Wednesday began a month-long, non-binding open season to determine market interest in a compression expansion of its pipeline network that primarily serves the Florida market.

The open season will close at 5 p.m. (CT) on March 1. The pipeline, which is jointly owned by Williams and Duke Energy, said it is soliciting interest for approximately 200,000 Dth/d of additional mainline capacity for deliveries to either existing or new end-use delivery points. It proposes to add compression facilities at Coden, AL, and onshore Florida to create the new capacity, the pipeline noted.

"If Gulfstream receives nominations for more capacity than can be made available by the [so-called] Phase IV facilities, then each nomination that satisfies all of the conditions of the open season will be pro-rated based on the total quantity of all such nominations," Gulfstream said in a notice posted last Tuesday. The pipeline said it expects the Phase IV facilities and capacity to be constructed and placed into service by Jan. 1, 2009.

Interested shippers can submit an open season nomination form and a refundable deposit to Gulfstream's Tina Dieck at (813) 282-6620 or tedieck@duke-energy.com, or to George Matzke at (813) 282-6613 or gematzke@duke-energy.com.

Placed into operation in May 2002, Gulfstream is a 691-mile pipeline with the capacity to deliver 1.1 Bcf/d of natural gas from the Gulf of Mexico to Florida's growing gas market.

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