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Carolinas Pipeline Open Season Successful

Carolinas Pipeline Open Season Successful

Customer response to the open season held by Scana's proposed Carolinas Pipeline "has far exceeded our expectation," said Sam Dozier, vice president of customer service and market development.

"We've had a very strong response and will now be working to evaluate which proposals we can economically serve with this project. Interestingly, we've heard from some customers who have more immediate needs than the 2002 date we've been projecting, so we will be evaluating those projects and the opportunity to serve them on an individual basis."

The Carolinas Pipeline, one of three proposed to serve expanding Southeast markets, would expand the current intrastate South Carolina Pipeline system, make it an interstate and extend it through most of North Carolina. In announcing the project Scana Corp. said 85% of it would involve use of rights-of-way of the current system.

Signing precedent agreements with potential customers is the next step for the Carolinas Pipeline market development groups, a process that is expected to take place during August. Once the precedent agreements are in place, capacity will be determined. This will dictate pipe size and other engineering parameters. The plan is to file an application with FERC by the end of the year.

Firm transportation service on the Carolinas Pipeline is expected to cost from 15-30 cents/dth based on a 100% load factor using a straight fixed-variable rate design methodology.

The two other projects also in the formative stages are the Palmetto Pipeline, sponsored by Carolina Power & Light and Sonat, which amounts to a 200-300 MMcf/d expansion through looping of Sonat's system (See Daily GPI, April 13, 1999); and Williams' Sundance Pipeline, which would expand its Transco system from Station 65 in Louisiana to Station 165 in Virginia (See Daily GPI, April 16, 1999).

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