NorAm Interstate Pipelines bought the intrastate Illini Pipeline
from Houston-based Nuevo Energy Co. Illini Pipeline operates in
south central Illinois, serving customers in the East St. Louis
metropolitan area. The line is about 70 miles long and has capacity
up to 45,000 MMBtu/d. NorAm will continue to operate Illini as an
intrastate system and expects to take over operation of the Illini
system this summer.
"The acquisition of Illini is a strategic fit for NorAm," said
Dale Earwood, NorAm COO. "It will grow and strengthen our pipeline
system business and support our efforts to respond to growth
opportunities while continuing to deliver the highest quality
service possible." Illini is not currently connected to any NorAm
pipes. No decision has been made on whether to connect the pipe to
the NorAm system, a spokeswoman said. "We're still contemplating
what our future plans are for the pipeline. We're currently focused
on completing the purchase."
The pipeline is in the same market area as Mississippi River
Transmission (MRT) but is not connected to that or any other NorAm
pipe. Gas is delivered to the system on Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of
America and goes to about five industrial customers in the
metropolitan East St. Louis area. The intrastate originally was
converted in the 1980s from a liquids pipeline to bypass MRT with
deliveries to the industrials.
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