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Viking Proposes First of Series of Planned Expansions

Viking Proposes First of Series of Planned Expansions

Viking Gas Transmission last week proposed plans for a 45-mile, 28 MMcf/d looping of its existing system in northwestern and central Minnesota in 1999. This is "a smaller project matched to meet incremental market demand," said Viking Gas President Gregory H. Palmer, but he noted it's the first of a series of expansions the pipeline plans to carry out over the next couple of years.

"Basically what we're going to do is expand every year just to match up with the market, whatever the demand is at the time. What we've told shippers is we'll expand for 10 to 20 MMcf/d or 250 MMcf/d [annually], whatever the market wants," he told NGI.

Palmer estimated that total looping of Viking from Emerson, Manitoba through Minnesota and Wisconsin would be about 500 MMcf/d. "We're not contemplating doing that in one year, but we do think there's market interest" for expanding the system between 30 MMcf/d and 250 MMcf/d on a yearly basis. The first expansion has been targeted for service by Nov. 1, 1999. There will be an open season for the 2000 expansion this November.

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