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Transco Pipeline Expansion Targets Southeast

Transco Pipeline Expansion Targets Southeast

Williams yesterday said it is holding an open season through June 1 for annual firm service to be created by Transco's Sundance Expansion Project. The expansion is intended to serve growing power generation, residential and commercial gas markets in the southeastern United States and is proposed to be in service by April 2002. Sundance would expand the Transco system from Station 65 in Louisiana to Station 165 in Virginia.

Williams said the expansion is positioned to serve gas-fired power plants recently announced by Carolina Power & Light, as well as facilities providing gas to eastern North Carolina. Williams recently announced its interest in working with the Albermarle Regional Energy Authority (AREA) to serve several counties in eastern North Carolina that have not previously had gas service (see Daily GPI April 9, 1999). Williams has proposed to jointly develop with AREA transmission and distribution facilities to serve North Carolina counties Camden, Currituck, Chowan, Pasquotank, and Perquimans. Williams plans to apply for a portion of $200 million in bond funds North Carolina is making available to foster gas infrastructure development.

"We believe that the Sundance Project will provide a more cost-effective and reliable means of serving the growing power generation markets in Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and southern Virginia than any proposed greenfield pipeline project," said Cuba Wadlington Jr., general manager Williams Gas Pipeline-Transco. "Also, we expect this project will create opportunities to expand local infrastructure, including the Cardinal Pipeline in North Carolina and local distribution systems along the Transco system, in order to optimize the utilization of these facilities. This will ultimately benefit both electric and natural gas consumers resulting in lower costs and encouraging economic development with minimal impact to the environment."

Shippers may elect to subscribe to capacity from Station 65 in Transco's Zone 3 or certain receipt points in Zone 4. Transco said it intends to seek rolled-in rate treatment for project costs. For more information, call Orlando Alvarado, (713)215-3378, or Helen Laughlin, (713)215-3773.

Wednesday Columbia Gulf Transmission, AGL Resources, and MCN Energy Group began a six-week open season offering up to 250,000 Dth/d of capacity on their proposed Volunteer Pipeline, which would serve the Southeast (see Daily GPI April 15, 1999).

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