Duke Begins Open Season for Patriot Extension
Duke Energy Gas Transmission (DEGT) will begin a month-long open season
Dec. 12 for pipeline capacity associated with its 95-mile, 24-inch Patriot
Extension of the East Tennessee Natural Gas system into portions of southwest
Virginia and North Carolina.
Company representatives will share project-related details with interested
parties at a meeting in Greensboro, NC, on Dec. 12. Information about the
meeting, the Patriot Extension or the open season is available by contacting
Randy Riha at (713) 627-4746.
The 24-inch diameter Patriot pipeline will be coupled with East Tennessee
system mainline enhancements to initially transport 200 MMcf/d beginning
in fall 2002. The pipeline extension is expandable, in increments, to 600
MMcf/d and will serve new power projects in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic
states. It was first announced in October (see NGI, Oct.
The pipeline will bring natural gas service to portions of southwest
Virginia for the first time, and introduce a competitive supply of natural
gas to North Carolina from Appalachian and Gulf Coast producers. It will
originate from the East Tennessee system in Wythe County, VA, cross Carroll,
Patrick and Henry counties in Virginia and terminate in Rockingham County,
"Demand for natural gas in the Southeast U.S. region is currently
being driven by a strong demand for natural gas-fired electric generation,"
said DEGT President Robert B. Evans.
Columbia Gas Transmission and Dominion Energy also have noticed the
trend and are planning projects in the region.
Dominion last week extended the deadline for an open season for its
planned Greenbrier Pipeline project to travel from Charleston, WV, to Rockingham
County, NC through Dec. 19. The open season, which started Oct. 5 was scheduled
to end Dec. 5, but was extended, Dominion said, because of time lost during
the Thanksgiving Holiday. The $400 million line would carry up to 600 MMcf/d
for about 200 miles (see NGI, Oct. 9).
Columbia's Homestead Expansion would be east of the Duke and Dominion
projects, serving the Tidewater area of southeastern Virginia, northeastern
North Carolina and southeastern Maryland (see NGI, Nov.
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