Transwestern Announces Successful Sun Devil Open Season

Transwestern Pipeline last week said it had a successful open season for its proposed Sun Devil expansion, which, upon completion, will serve the Phoenix, AZ, natural gas market. The open season, which ended on Aug. 30, elicited requests for more than 1.3 Bcf/d -- equal to the proposed capacity of the Sun Devil expansion, and nearly double the existing capacity of Transwestern, the Enron pipeline noted.

With approximately 400 miles of new interstate pipeline to be added to Transwestern's system, the project would bring natural gas from the San Juan and Rocky Mountain supply basins to market areas in Phoenix, as well as California by January 2004. It would be the first time that Transwestern would serve Phoenix.

"Sun Devil is an important project that will serve the gas-fired electric generation market in Arizona, which is the second largest growth market in the U.S," said Steve Harris, vice president of the pipeline's commercial group.

Transwestern said it is working with shippers to finalize transportation agreements and expects to file its Sun Devil application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in early 2002. Shippers needing additional information can contact Project Director Kevin Hyatt at (713) 853-5559, or at

In a related development, Transwestern reported that its Red Rock Project already is under construction, and will add 150 MMcf/d of new capacity for deliveries to the California border by mid-2002. The Transwestern system currently consists of 2,500 miles of pipeline, and has a combined east-west delivery capability of 1.7 Bcf/d.

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