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Distrigas Plans Added LNG Sendout

Distrigas Plans Added LNG Sendout

Distrigas of Massachusetts (DOMAC) has filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to construct four new high-powered vaporizers to deliver 280 MMBtu/d of regassified LNG to a new 1,550 MW Mystic Station power plant to be built by Sithe Industries in Everett, MA. (CP00-447).

The new vaporization facilities will consist of four submerged combustion vaporization units , each having a send-out capacity of 150,000 MMBtu/d. At a minimum, three of the units will serve the Mystic plant, which is adjacent to the DOMAC gasification plant. The power plant is under construction and 40% complete. DOMAC intends to operate the units at less than maximum capacity so that if one has to be taken out of service for maintenance the two remaining can operate at full capacity to serve the Mystic plant.

The fourth vaporizer would serve as additional back-up for the Mystic plant and also for DOMAC's other vaporization units. Currently, during peak periods DOMAC operates at full capacity with little or no back-up. DOMAC plans to construct tie-ins to integrate the new units with its existing vaporization system. Additionally, the company would construct a connection with the Boston Gas system. The company said it would not seek cost-based recovery through existing rates. DOMAC has requested FERC approval by Feb. 1, 2001 so the new units can be in service by Nov. 1, 2001.

Ellen Beswick

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