Williams Northwest Plans Expansion
Williams' Northwest Pipeline announced that it is planning an
expansion and is holding an open season for firm capacity on its
system between Sumas and Chehalis, WA.
Williams noted that "a prearranged agreement has been executed
with one shipper for expansion service in the Sumas to Chehalis
corridor." Furthermore, others wanting service requiring added
delivery facilities downstream of Northwest's current mainline
facilities may prompt Williams to consider rolling-in "a portion or
all" of the downstream additions "to the extent that shippers'
rates are not adversely affected."
The pipeline also is soliciting capacity relinquishments from
shippers under contracts with existing firm rights only from Sumas.
New service with a minimum of 15 years length would be available
June 1, 2003. The open season runs through Dec. 21.
"Service will be subject to either Northwest's maximum TF-1
rates or an incremental rate designed to recover expansion facility
costs," the Williams' announcement said. "The availability of
capacity will be subject to Williams acquiring sufficient
relinquished capacity from existing shippers and/or final FERC
approval for a mainline expansion."
Parties wanting to express interest in either firm service or
relinquishing capacity should contact Hank Henrie (801) 584-6625.
Richard Nemec, Los Angeles
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