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Pacific Connector Begins Open Season

Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline LP, began a binding open season Thursday for capacity on its proposed interstate system, designed to transport gas from the proposed Jordan Cove LNG Import Terminal to be located at Coos Bay, OR, to southern Oregon. Pacific Connector is a limited partnership of Williams Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline LLC, PG&E Strategic Capital Inc. and Fort Chicago LNG II U.S. LP.

The proposed pipeline includes approximately 231 miles of 36-inch diameter pipeline between Coos Bay and Malin, OR, and approximately 20,000 horsepower of compression to provide peak day deliveries of 1 Bcf/d. Proposed interconnects include Williams' Northwest Pipeline near Myrtle Creek, OR, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s backbone system, the Tuscarora Gas Transmission system and Gas Transmission Northwest, all located near Malin (see Daily GPI, Nov. 13, 2006; July 24, 2006; April 13, 2006; Feb. 9, 2006).

Pacific Connector already has received expressions of interest for the majority of the capacity on the proposed pipeline, backers said. During the open season, it will accept binding agreements from interested parties for firm capacity from the LNG terminal to any delivery points along the pipeline route to Malin. The project is on course for an early 2Q2007 FERC certificate application date, supporting a fourth quarter 2011 in-service date.

For more information, contact Hank Henrie, (801)584-6625; or Larry Larsen, (801)584-6645. Shippers must execute a binding precedent agreement by 5 p.m. MST on March 1.

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