NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage (NGTS) subsidiary Crossroads Pipeline launched an open season for firm transportation service from any existing receipt points to any existing delivery points on its 202-mile gas pipeline from northern Indiana near Chicago into northwestern Ohio, the company said last week.

Crossroads also will consider requests for deliveries or receipts from or to other entities not currently connected to the pipeline. Potential customers can indicate their interest in capacity by submitting a request for service by Sept. 28.

Crossroads begins near Chicago and extends to Cygnet, OH, where it connects with Columbia Gas Transmission's network. Peak day deliveries are 120,000 Dth/d cross-system from west to east. The pipeline draws on its interconnections with Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, Trunkline Gas Co., Vector Pipeline and PanhandleEastern to access Midcontinent, Rocky Mountain, Gulf Coast, Permian and Canadian supply basins. Through its interconnections with these pipelines and with local distribution companies, Crossroads can access markets in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and markets to the East.

Facilities required to provide the expanded service will be determined based on market participation. The capacity will be sold at a recourse rate, reflecting the costs of the required facilities, for 15-year terms. Crossroads will consider negotiated rate alternatives with different terms of service for interested parties. The projected in-service date of any expansion facilities could be as early as November 2009, contingent upon receipt of all necessary approvals.

For more information, contact Steve Claywell at sclaywell@nisource.com, or (703) 227-3389.

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