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Bay State Avoids Bypass, Inks Deal with Muni

Bay State Avoids Bypass, Inks Deal with Muni

Bay State Gas avoided a significant bypass by the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. (MMWEC) thanks to landowner opposition to a larger pipeline proposal and a lengthy negotiation process. After two years of work on an alternative 15-mile bypass of the Bay State system that would have linked with Tennessee Gas Pipe Line, MMWEC yesterday signed a 20-year agreement covering 13 Bcf/year of new gas transportation on Bay State's system to serve power generation load.

MMWEC plans to build a six-mile, 20-inch diameter gas line connecting the 522 MW Stony Brook power plant near the Westover Air Reserve Base in Ludlow to Bay State's gas distribution system.

"People had felt that it would have been better to own our own pipeline to better control the flow of gas. However because of various [landowner and environmental] issues that have come up, we decided to go with the Bay State proposal," said Sandy Magyar, a spokeswoman for MMWEC. She said the transportation agreement and new pipeline will allow the municipal utility's power plant to run primarily on gas rather than fuel oil.

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