Northern Border Downsizes Indiana Extension
With two of its shippers taking released capacity instead of new
space, Northern Border has filed a request with FERC to downsize
its proposed Indiana extension project, Project 2000, and reduce
the expected costs by $64 million. The reduction would mean a
smaller rate increase, under rolled-in rate design, than would have
occurred in the original project plan - a 2.06% rise versus 2.39%.
Northern Border said El Paso Energy and Minnesota Corn
Processors have obtained firm capacity via capacity releases. El
Paso has signed an agreement for 51 MMcf/d from the
Montana-Saskatchewan border near Port of Morgan to Ventura, IA, and
10 MMcf/d from Ventura to Harper, IA. Minnesota Corn Processors
also found released capacity between Port of Morgan and Ventura.
The company filed a request to amend its application for a
certificate (Docket No. CP99-21) and reduce the amount of proposed
new compression by about 30,500 hp from the original 53,000 hp. The
34-mile, 36-inch diameter extension to a connection with NIPSCO at
North Hayden, IN, from Manhattan, IL, is still required, and the
scheduled in-service date of the facilities remains November 2000.
But the capacity of the system will be 1,484 MMcf/d between Ventura
and Harper, 844 MMcf/d between Harper and Manhattan and 544 MMcf/d
on the Indiana extension.
The revised shipper list, with purchased capacity to North
Hayden, includes El Paso (52.1 MMcf/d), Bethlehem Steel (30
MMcf/d), NIPSCO (165 MMcf/d), Peoples Energy (101.2 MMcf/d) and
Peoples Gas Light & Coke (200 MMcf/d).
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