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CIG Plans Expansion To Midcontinent Markets

CIG Plans Expansion To Midcontinent Markets

There's little doubt that pipeline capacity between the Rocky Mountain region and the Midcontinent is about to experience a significant upgrade. In all, three large projects have surfaced, including one formally announced last week by Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG).

CIG is holding an open season through Oct. 6 on a proposed mid-sized gas pipeline that would provide an outlet to Midcontinent markets for growing gas supplies primarily from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana. The COCO Pipeline would be a greenfield pipeline with a new route extending from the Cheyenne Hub through CIG's market area storage fields to the confluence of several mid-continent pipelines near Greensburg, KS, including ANR, Panhandle, Northern Natural, NGPL, and Williams. CIG currently anticipates at least 500 MDth/d of transport capacity for this 400-mile line with an in-service date in late 2003.

The project is very similar to one already proposed by Williams. Williams' Western Frontier Pipeline would extend from the Cheyenne Hub in northeastern Colorado to Hugoton Station on Williams' Central pipeline system in southwest Kansas. Western Frontier would be a major new line, extending 320 miles with 13,000 hp of compression and 540,000 Dth/d of gas transportation capacity.

Furthermore, Trailblazer held an open season earlier this summer and is planning an expansion of its existing 436-mile pipeline system, which runs from Colorado through Southeastern Wyoming to Beatrice, NB. Trailblazer plans to install two new compressor stations, add additional horsepower at compressor station 602 and perhaps construct some 36-inch loop.

CIG said it has been working with shippers on the COCO project for the past year in response to concerns that Rocky Mountain gas supplies could exceed pipeline takeaway capacity, the company said. Considering this interest, together with the recent Wyoming Interstate open season for an expansion of its Medicine Bow Loop, serving the Powder River Basin, CIG has decided to solicit bids for capacity to be provided by COCO.

For information about the project contact CIG's Tom Price (719) 520-4465, Craig Coombs (719) 520-4387, or Laine Lobban (719) 520-4344.

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