ANR Pipeline Co. said Wednesday that in response to a recent open season, it received requests for more than 700,000 Dth/d of incremental transportation capacity on its natural gas pipeline system in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The company expects to have the support facilities in place during 2006.

The El Paso Corp. subsidiary said it would work with potential customers to secure binding agreements, while developing projects to address market demands. Projects may include installing new pipeline looping along existing mainline routes, replacing existing pipe with larger diameter pipe, and adding compression at several existing ANR compressor stations.

“The design of these facilities will minimize environmental impacts by maximizing use of existing pipeline corridors where possible,” the company said in a written statement. ANR also plans to work with federal, state and local regulatory agencies to ensure compliance with all regulations applicable to these projects.

“The outlook for increased natural gas demand in Wisconsin and northern Illinois is strong, and ANR is strategically positioned to meet that demand,” said Stephen C. Beasley, ANR president. “The variety of customers who expressed interest during this open season — including local utilities, electric power developers and marketers — demonstrates the value of this capacity. ANR will continue to respond with safe, reliable natural gas transportation services for our customers.”

ANR operates more than 10,500 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline providing transportation, storage and capacity-related services to customers in the United States and Canada.

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