ANR Pipeline Co. is requesting FERC approval of a $42.1 million pipeline looping and replacement project in Walworth and Rock counties, WI. The West Leg project is designed to add 220,000 Dth/d of firm transportation capacity to its system in order to serve new demand from local distribution companies and power generators.

Along its Madison lateral, ANR proposes to add a 26.3-mile, 30-inch diameter loop pipeline in Walworth County parallel to its existing 10- and 12-inch diameter pipelines, which will remain in service. Along the 6.5-mile Beloit lateral in Rock County, ANR plans to remove its existing four- and six-inch diameter pipelines and replace them with a single 20-inch-diameter pipeline. The existing eight- and 12-inch diameter pipelines along the Beloit lateral will remain in service. The Beloit construction will result in fewer pipelines while providing increased capacity to ANR’s customers.

“ANR Pipeline’s West Leg project will provide additional, reliable natural gas transportation capacity essential to southern Wisconsin’s growing energy requirements in a cost-effective manner that involves minimal impact to landowners and the environment,” said ANR Pipeline President James J. Cleary.

ANR said that Wisconsin Power & Light, an Alliant Energy subsidiary, has signed a precedent agreement 60,000 for Dth/d of transportation capacity, mainly to serve the proposed 600 MW Riverside Energy power generation facility. ANR said it is discussing a contract with another company for an additional 34,000 Dth/d of West Leg capacity. The project also will provide operational benefits and cost savings by reducing ANR’s reliance on a third-party pipeline for the delivery of natural gas operationally required in the Janesville, WI, area, ANR said.

ANR has met with state and federal agency representatives and landowners about the project and has acquired a majority of the permanent easements necessary to construct the new facilities. The new pipelines will be installed within ANR’s existing rights of way. ANR asked FERC for a preliminary determination by December and final authorizations by next July. The project is expected to be in service in November 2004.

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