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Transwestern Pipeline Adds Receipt and Delivery Points

Transwestern Pipeline Adds Receipt and Delivery Points

Transwestern Pipeline is going through a growth spurt with eight new interconnect projects in service or under way, which will add 300 MMcf/d in market area deliveries and 285 MMcf/d in new supply receipts. The new or expanded connection points will enhance shipper access to both new supplies and markets.

"There is not a direct relationship between the two [delivery and receipt interconnects]," said Jeff Fawcett, a Transwestern representative. "It is kind of coincidental in nature that they came at the same time, but we have ongoing activities to connect new supply and create additional opportunities for gas to both be received into Transwestern as well as be delivered out of Transwestern."

Included in the delivery interconnect projects, Transwestern, an Enron unit, recently put 100 MMcf/d into service for new access to markets around Las Vegas with completion of the Southwest Gas interconnect located in the West of Thoreau area.

Two other delivery interconnects are expected to be in service during the second quarter of 2001. Transwestern will add a 120 MMcf/d delivery interconnect with Citizens Arizona Gas for deliveries to the Griffith Energy Power Plant and a 90 MMcf/d delivery interconnect to a soon to be completed Calpine plant, both located near Kingman in the West of Thoreau area.

On the supply side, Transwestern recently has added an 80 MMcf/d receipt interconnect in the East of Thoreau area with Natural Gas Pipeline Co. The company also said that it has hooked up a new wellhead supply interconnect with Enron Oil & Gas located in the East of Thoreau area. The addition will bump current supply from 20 MMcf/d to more than 35 MMcf/d.

Transwestern also has three receipt projects scheduled for completion early next year. The pipeline said it expects to increase receipt capacity by 100 MMcf/d at its interconnect with Red Cedar Gathering south of La Plata in the San Juan area later this month, and to put a new 50 MMcf/d receipt interconnect with Red Cedar Gathering in service by March 2001. The company also is planning to complete a new 40 MMcf/d receipt interconnect with El Paso Field Services in East of Thoreau which is scheduled to be in service January 2001.

Transwestern Pipeline's system consists of approximately 2,700 miles of natural gas pipeline with combined east-west delivery capability of 1.7 Bcf/day. For further information on transportation with Transwestern Pipeline Co., contact Fawcett at 713-853-1521.

Alex Steis

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