Cascade, Westcoast Shelve Orca Line
Westcoast Energy has shelved the proposed Orca Natural Gas
Pipeline project because of a lack of market interest in the
Pacific Northwest. The proposed 140-mile pipeline from Sumas, WA,
to points along the coast, was expected to be in service in 2004.
Many northwestern Washington communities that would benefit from
the proposed project are served by project partner Cascade Natural
Gas. Westcoast said it intends to reopen the project when sponsors
are able to acquire the required market support.
The pipeline would have brought gas from Canada south to South
Whidbey Island and then west across Admiralty Inlet to serve east
Jefferson County, WA, including Port Townsend and surrounding
communities south of Port Townsend. Westcoast initially said the
project was in response to the growing demand for gas in Northwest,
WA, where the population has grown 7.5% in the past five years.
Cascade's Will Odell, vice president of districts, said the
project would have provided flexibility and liquidity in western
Washington. "While this decision by Westcoast is disappointing, we
still believe that additional natural gas capacity will be required
to meet future energy demands in northwest Washington."
Cascade, a Seattle-based local distribution company, provides
gas service to 184,000 residential, commercial, industrial and
transportation customers in 90 communities in Washington and
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