Bay State Avoids Bypass, Inks Deal with Muni
Bay State Gas avoided a significant bypass by the Massachusetts
Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. (MMWEC) thanks to landowner
opposition to a larger pipeline proposal and a lengthy negotiation
process. After two years of work on an alternative 15-mile bypass
of the Bay State system that would have linked with Tennessee Gas
Pipe Line, MMWEC yesterday signed a 20-year agreement covering 13
Bcf/year of new gas transportation on Bay State's system to serve
power generation load.
MMWEC plans to build a six-mile, 20-inch diameter gas line
connecting the 522 MW Stony Brook power plant near the Westover Air
Reserve Base in Ludlow to Bay State's gas distribution system.
"People had felt that it would have been better to own our own
pipeline to better control the flow of gas. However because of
various [landowner and environmental] issues that have come up, we
decided to go with the Bay State proposal," said Sandy Magyar, a
spokeswoman for MMWEC. She said the transportation agreement and
new pipeline will allow the municipal utility's power plant to run
primarily on gas rather than fuel oil.
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