East Tennessee Seeking Interest in Expansion
East Tennessee Natural Gas, a unit of Houston-based El Paso
Energy, is holding an open season for incremental capacity along
its mainline in Tennessee and Virginia. The proposed expansion
would entail construction of mainline pipeline, compression and
related facilities. Service is targeted to begin Nov. 1, 2000.
Since 1996, El Paso has added more than 75,000 Dth/d of capacity
to East Tennessee, an increase of more than 10%. All the expansions
received rolled-in rate treatment, said Bryan Neskora, manager of
business development for El Paso.
"The existing customers are growing. East Tennessee is really a
subset of the whole Southeast, which is just growing by leaps and
bounds. a lot of industrial growth in the area," Neskora said. East
Tennessee is in the middle of a project right now. Called the
Virginia expansion, the first phase in Virginia has been completed.
Work in Tennessee will take place this summer with completion
expected by November. "That's a fairly small expansion. It's a
little over 10,000 Dth/d. That's a combination of shippers in
Tennessee and Virginia."
This new project will allow shippers to access supply from the
Northern Border and Alliance Pipeline projects as well as the Gulf
Coast and Texas.
The size of the expansion will be determined by the results of
the open season, which closes at the end of April. Interested
parties should send a written request for service to Neskora at El
Paso Energy, P.O. Box 2511, Houston, TX 77252, Fax: (713) 420-2369,
no later than 5 PM CST, April 30. For questions call Neskora at
(713) 420-2655, or Bill Wickman at (423) 694-1677.
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