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PNGTS, Maritimes Begin Laying Pipe

PNGTS, Maritimes Begin Laying Pipe

Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS) and Maritimes &amp Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C. (Maritimes) successfully crossed the first major engineering hurdle in constructing their joint pipeline facilities, which represent the southernmost portion of each company's pipeline system.

Brownsville, WS-based Michels Pipeline completed a difficult 2,868-foot directional drilling beneath the Piscataqua River between Newington, NH, and Eliot, ME, followed by installation of 30-inch diameter, high-capacity pipeline as much as 75-feet below the riverbed.

It is the first section of the PNGTS/Maritimes Joint Facilities Project, which will involve construction of 100 miles of 30-inch diameter pipeline between interconnections with Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Haverhill and Dracut, MA, and an interconnection with the upstream portions of the Maritimes and PNGTS facilities in Westbrook, ME. The joint facilities eventually will bring more than 600 MMcf/d of Canadian gas to New England markets.

PNGTS is scheduled to transport gas from an interconnection with TransCanada PipeLines by this November. Maritimes is scheduled to begin bringing gas from offshore Nova Scotia near Sable Island by November 1999. Both projects remain on schedule.

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