Iroquois Gas Transmission System LP Monday announced the start of a binding open season for its Wright Transfer Compressor (WTC) project, which would add up to 15,400 hp of transfer compression at Iroquois' existing interconnecting with Tennessee Gas Pipeline's 200 Line in Wright, NY.

WTC would compress up to 375 MDth/d from Tennessee into Iroquois at its rate zone boundary, thereby enabling WTC shippers to supply both Zone 1 and Zone 2 markets on Iroquois, said the Shelton, CT-based pipeline. The project is targeted for service in the summer of 2012.

The open season will run through Oct. 15. The results of the open season will determine the final design and scope of the project, Iroquois said.

"The WTC project would enable us to physically receive gas from Tennessee, further diversifying supply options for our customers, enhancing system reliability and reducing supply cost," said Scott Rupff, vice president of marketing, development and commercial operations for Iroquois.

Iroquois extends 416 miles from the U.S.-Canadian border at Waddington, NY, through the state of Connecticut to Long Island, NY, and Hunts Point, Bronx, NY. The Iroquois limited partnership is owned by affiliates of TransCanada PipeLines Ltd., Dominion Resources Inc., National Grid, New Jersey Resources and Energy East Corp.

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