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Williams Northwest Plans Expansion

Williams Northwest Plans Expansion

Williams' Northwest Pipeline announced that it is planning an expansion and is holding an open season for firm capacity on its system between Sumas and Chehalis, WA.

Williams noted that "a prearranged agreement has been executed with one shipper for expansion service in the Sumas to Chehalis corridor." Furthermore, others wanting service requiring added delivery facilities downstream of Northwest's current mainline facilities may prompt Williams to consider rolling-in "a portion or all" of the downstream additions "to the extent that shippers' rates are not adversely affected."

The pipeline also is soliciting capacity relinquishments from shippers under contracts with existing firm rights only from Sumas. New service with a minimum of 15 years length would be available June 1, 2003. The open season runs through Dec. 21.

"Service will be subject to either Northwest's maximum TF-1 rates or an incremental rate designed to recover expansion facility costs," the Williams' announcement said. "The availability of capacity will be subject to Williams acquiring sufficient relinquished capacity from existing shippers and/or final FERC approval for a mainline expansion."

Parties wanting to express interest in either firm service or relinquishing capacity should contact Hank Henrie (801) 584-6625.

Richard Nemec, Los Angeles

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