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Vector Continues High-Speed Progress

February 22, 1999
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Vector Continues High-Speed Progress

While most of the Vector Pipeline project remains dormant, Vector Pipeline L.P. recently announced an open season for short-term firm transportation service from its proposed interconnect with Michigan Consolidated Gas at Belle River, MI, to the Union Gas Ltd. system at Dawn, ON. The company also said it expects final regulatory approval for the entire Chicago-to-Dawn project from both the Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) and the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by early April.

The open season started Feb. 8 and will end at 7 p.m. EST on Feb. 26. Bids for capacity and rates will be accepted from shippers interested in purchasing firm capacity for the period between Nov. 1, 1999 through Sept. 30, 2000. The pipeline company said it does not expect any problems in receiving the necessary regulatory approvals to provide this service. It has already received a favorable draft environmental impact statement and preliminary determination from FERC.

The company had wanted to put the entire system in service by November of 1999. As it stands now, 340 miles of the pipe will not be completed until the fall of 2000. The open season solicits bids for gas that will flow through 19.3 miles of pipe. Vector said it has made all the arrangements for construction matters.

The Vector project is a joint venture of Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. and Detroit-based MCN Energy Group Inc, valued at $471 million. It is designed to transport 1 Bcf/d of Western Canadian and U.S. sourced natural gas from the rapidly expanding Chicago hub, where it will interconnect with Northern Border Pipeline's extension and the Alliance Pipeline, to growing markets in eastern Canada and the midwestern and northeastern regions of the United States.

John Norris

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