Tennessee Touts Open Season Results

Tennessee Gas Pipeline has signed precedent agreements for over 1 Bcf/d in new deliveries through its Eastern Express Project 2000 in New England and its Express 500 Project from the Gulf of Mexico, according to John Somerhalder, pipeline president.

"Eastern Express Project 2000 and Express 500 were developed to meet the needs of our customers," said Somerhalder. "We will continue to work with shippers in the supply and market areas to phase in additional capacity as it is needed. Our existing system is well positioned to respond to market needs on a rational and economically sound basis."

Shippers have signed up for 900 MMcf/d on the Eastern Express Project 2000 for gas to be delivered into the Tennessee expansion in New England predominantly from the planned interconnects with the Portland Natural Gas Transmission System and the Maritimes &amp Northeast Pipeline projects, and from Niagara Falls at the interconnection with TransCanada PipeLine. Shippers include power generators, marketers and LDCs. Tennessee currently is assessing the contracts and is in discussion with shippers to avoid redundancies and clarify contracting issues before commencing the design.

Tennessee has received binding precedent agreements for 220 MMcf/d on its Express 500 Project which will add firm transportation capacity in the Gulf of Mexico supply area by alleviating current and projected bottlenecks along the pipeline's 500 line. The expansion is expected to handle significant incremental supplies being developed in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Ellen Beswick

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