TransCanada PipeLines and Nova Gas Transmission (NGTL) told
their shippers they are looking into expanding their pipeline
systems to increase deliveries to the Pacific Northwest. The
companies plan to assess the feasibility of expansions of NGTL and
TransCanada's BC System in British Columbia and are offering
shippers the opportunity to "rationalize" their firm contract
holdings on those systems effective November 2002.
The push for expansion was prompted by an announcement from
PG&E Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) recently that it plans to
file with FERC in April for a 200 MMcf/d expansion. GTN, which is
the major western pipeline downstream of TransCanada and NGTL, also
said it would probably increase the capacity of its system by 1
Bcf/d over the next decade.
TransCanada and NGTL have asked all their shippers to provide
information on their plans to extend their contracts beyond the
current expiration date. The pipelines said such information is
"fundamental to the assessment of the long-term economic
feasibility of the proposed expansion." The deadline for providing
the information is March 12. For details contact Jeff Rush at (403)
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