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
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