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Viking Passes Initial Environmental Review

February 8, 1999
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Viking Passes Initial Environmental Review

Viking Gas Transmission's proposed expansion of its existing system in Minnesota would have "no significant impact" on environmental conditions provided the pipeline follows certain mitigation measures during construction, according to a FERC staff environmental assessment (EA) released last week.

Viking, a wholly owned-subsidiary of Northern States Power, seeks to construct five loops to bring in additional Canadian gas supplies to serve new LDC, municipal utility and industrial load on its system [CP98-761]. The project would transport the gas from Viking's interconnect with TransCanada Pipelines near Emerson, Manitoba, and from Viking's delivery point extensions near Fargo and Grand Forks, ND.

The project, assuming it's approved by FERC, would add firm service of about 28 MMcf/d during winter months and 22 MMcf during summer months. It also would provide shippers with increased access to Northern Natural Gas via Viking's Chicago interconnect. Viking wants to begin construction in time for the expansion to be in-service by next November. The FERC staff reviewed three existing pipeline systems currently operating in central Minnesota - ANR Pipeline, Great Lakes Gas Transmission and Northern Natural Gas - as possible alternatives to the Viking expansion. But it concluded they weren't "viable," given that they would have to add extensive pipeline to meet the Viking's objectives. Susan Parker

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