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Tennessee Gets Extension on Eastern Express Project

Tennessee Gets Extension on Eastern Express Project

FERC last week gave Tennessee Gas Pipeline an extension until June 1, 2001 to complete construction of its Eastern Express Project 2000 expansion.

In requesting the project delay earlier this month, Tennessee said that due to "unanticipated delays in receiving state and local permits," it was not able to begin construction on Compressor Station Nos. 261 and 266A until mid-August --- more than four months later than it had planned. As a result, "the installation of the compressor units and automation set-up cannot take place before mid-winter when demand is highest," Tennessee said, adding that it could "possibly jeopardize" service to existing customers if done then.

The mostly compression expansion would add 288 MDth/d to Tennessee's system in Zone 6, providing an outlet for natural gas transported over the joint Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline/Portland Natural Gas Transportation System (PNGTS) facilities in the New England region. Tennessee's system would be expanded from an interconnection with the PNGTS/Maritimes joint system at Dracut and Haverhill, MA, to delivery points at Milford and Meriden, CT, and Mendon, MA.

Separately, the Commission also granted Alliance Pipeline's request for a brief delay in its in-service date of "up to and including" Nov. 15. Alliance sought the delay because of "moisture and construction debris" that it has encountered, which has forced it to shut down its system for short periods to "clean out accumulated debris," and has prevented it from running its system at the volume necessary to "adequately test the reliability of the compressors," the company said.

Last week, sponsors of the Millennium Pipeline advised FERC of a new start-up date for their project --- Nov. 1, 2002.

Susan Parker

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