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Columbia Will Serve Three LA Plants

Columbia Will Serve Three LA Plants

Columbia Gulf Transmission began construction of a new pipeline to serve three Entergy Louisiana generating plants. Columbia Gulf will deliver up to 100,000 Dth/d to the plants west of New Orleans along the Mississippi River. Service is to begin in December.

"This project will be Columbia Gulf's third venture into electric power generation, which is a growing market for us," said President Terrance L. McGill. "Earlier this year we announced an agreement to deliver up to 240,000 Dth/d of natural gas to the Tennessee Valley Authority's electric generation plant near Gallatin, TN. And since 1996, we have provided natural gas transportation service to two Central Louisiana electric power plants."

The 16-inch-diameter, seven-mile pipeline will begin at the terminus of Columbia Gulf's Paradis Line in St. Charles Parish, LA, and interconnect with Evangeline Gas Pipeline L.P., also in St. Charles Parish. Columbia Gulf will own and operate the new pipeline along with 2,700 hp of additional compression and a measurement station that it plans to install. A spokesman said the company did not know whether future interconnects to the line would be constructed. The project will cost about $11 million, including compression. Rates to existing customers will not be impacted.

The Entergy plants to be served are Little Gypsy, with 1,250 MW of capacity per hour; Ninemile, 1,800 MW; and Waterford, 820 MW. "What this new line will do is provide additional competition in the transportation of gas and just provide additional options," an Entergy spokeswoman said.

Joe Fisher, Houston

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