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East Tennessee Seeking Interest in Expansion

East Tennessee Seeking Interest in Expansion

East Tennessee Natural Gas, a unit of Houston-based El Paso Energy, is holding an open season for incremental capacity along its mainline in Tennessee and Virginia. The proposed expansion would entail construction of mainline pipeline, compression and related facilities. Service is targeted to begin Nov. 1, 2000.

Since 1996, El Paso has added more than 75,000 Dth/d of capacity to East Tennessee, an increase of more than 10%. All the expansions received rolled-in rate treatment, said Bryan Neskora, manager of business development for El Paso.

"The existing customers are growing. East Tennessee is really a subset of the whole Southeast, which is just growing by leaps and bounds. a lot of industrial growth in the area," Neskora said. East Tennessee is in the middle of a project right now. Called the Virginia expansion, the first phase in Virginia has been completed. Work in Tennessee will take place this summer with completion expected by November. "That's a fairly small expansion. It's a little over 10,000 Dth/d. That's a combination of shippers in Tennessee and Virginia."

This new project will allow shippers to access supply from the Northern Border and Alliance Pipeline projects as well as the Gulf Coast and Texas.

The size of the expansion will be determined by the results of the open season, which closes at the end of April. Interested parties should send a written request for service to Neskora at El Paso Energy, P.O. Box 2511, Houston, TX 77252, Fax: (713) 420-2369, no later than 5 PM CST, April 30. For questions call Neskora at (713) 420-2655, or Bill Wickman at (423) 694-1677.

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