Carolinas Pipeline Open Season Successful
Customer response to the open season held by Scana's proposed
Carolinas Pipeline "has far exceeded our expectation," said Sam
Dozier, vice president of customer service and market development.
"We've had a very strong response and will now be working to
evaluate which proposals we can economically serve with this
project. Interestingly, we've heard from some customers who have
more immediate needs than the 2002 date we've been projecting, so
we will be evaluating those projects and the opportunity to serve
them on an individual basis."
The Carolinas Pipeline, one of three proposed to serve expanding
Southeast markets, would expand the current intrastate South
Carolina Pipeline system, make it an interstate and extend it
through most of North Carolina. In announcing the project Scana
Corp. said 85% of it would involve use of rights-of-way of the
Signing precedent agreements with potential customers is the
next step for the Carolinas Pipeline market development groups, a
process that is expected to take place during August. Once the
precedent agreements are in place, capacity will be determined.
This will dictate pipe size and other engineering parameters. The
plan is to file an application with FERC by the end of the year.
Firm transportation service on the Carolinas Pipeline is
expected to cost from 15-30 cents/dth based on a 100% load factor
using a straight fixed-variable rate design methodology.
The two other projects also in the formative stages are the
Palmetto Pipeline, sponsored by Carolina Power & Light and Sonat,
which amounts to a 200-300 MMcf/d expansion through looping of Sonat's
system (See Daily GPI, April 13, 1999);
and Williams' Sundance Pipeline, which would expand its Transco system
from Station 65 in Louisiana to Station 165 in Virginia (See Daily
GPI, April 16, 1999).
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