PNGTS, Maritimes Begin Laying Pipe
Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS) and Maritimes
& Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C. (Maritimes) successfully crossed
the first major engineering hurdle in constructing their joint
pipeline facilities, which represent the southernmost portion of
each company's pipeline system.
Brownsville, WS-based Michels Pipeline completed a difficult
2,868-foot directional drilling beneath the Piscataqua River
between Newington, NH, and Eliot, ME, followed by installation of
30-inch diameter, high-capacity pipeline as much as 75-feet below
It is the first section of the PNGTS/Maritimes Joint Facilities
Project, which will involve construction of 100 miles of 30-inch
diameter pipeline between interconnections with Tennessee Gas
Pipeline in Haverhill and Dracut, MA, and an interconnection with
the upstream portions of the Maritimes and PNGTS facilities in
Westbrook, ME. The joint facilities eventually will bring more than
600 MMcf/d of Canadian gas to New England markets.
PNGTS is scheduled to transport gas from an interconnection with
TransCanada PipeLines by this November. Maritimes is scheduled to
begin bringing gas from offshore Nova Scotia near Sable Island by
November 1999. Both projects remain on schedule.
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