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Tennessee Begins Open Season for Atlantic Supply Expansion Project

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. is holding a non-binding open season through March 31 for its new Atlantic Supply Expansion project, which is designed to meet growing natural gas demand in the Northeast.

The El Paso Corp. subsidiary said the project is in response to the growing interest in the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, which would be located along the eastern Canadian coast and in the Northeast.

The project could bring up to an additional 250,000 dekatherms/day into the Tennessee system at its Dracut, MA interconnection with the joint facilities of Portland Natural Gas and the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. The project is anticipated to be in-service in 2008.

Maritimes also is holding an open season through March 31 to test the same market for a possible expansion to bring new gas from offshore development and LNG import terminals (see NGI, Feb. 21).

"Our Atlantic Supply Expansion, along with our existing presence in the Northeast, will provide a premier outlet for new LNG supplies currently under development," said Steve Beasley, president of El Paso's Eastern Pipeline Group. "With the increased use of natural gas in all sectors and nearly 50% of the power generation in the region provided by natural gas-fired facilities, ensuring access to a diversity of supply sources is critical."

For more information, or to request an open season packet, contact Jim Scabareti at (617) 217-2115.

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