Iroquois Eastchester Extension Powers Up NYC

Iroquois Gas Transmission System LP's Eastchester Extension Project became fully subscribed last week and is slated to bring 230 MDth/d to power electric generation to serve residential, industrial and commercial customers in New York City - now served by Consolidated Edison Energy Inc., KeySpan Ravenswood Inc., Orion Power Holdings Inc., Mirant New York Management Inc. and Virginia Power Energy Marketing Inc.

The 29-mile extension of the Iroquois mainline originates in Northport, Long Island, and terminates at an interconnect with ConEd in the Bronx. Twenty-seven miles run beneath Long Island Sound. ConEd will receive 30,000 Dth/d and KeySpan, Orion and Mirant will each receive 60,000 Dth/d. Virginia Power will receive 20,000 Dth/d from Iroquois.

"Of all projects now proposed to serve New York City, Iroquois' Eastchester Extension brings the greatest benefit to the energy infrastructure with the least impact to the area," said Craig Frew, president of the Iroquois Pipeline Operating Co., which operates the pipeline. "This new link will provide price competition for gas coming from the Gulf of Mexico," he said, as well as help the state meet its federal Clean Air Act mandates. Frew said the company could phase in capacity expansions with "minimal additional upstream compression" under the new system when needed.

Iroquois, headquartered in Shelton, CT, owns an interstate pipe that extends 375 miles from the U.S.-Canada border at Waddington, NY through Connecticut to South Commack on Long Island. It currently has multi-year firm contracts to transport almost 987.5 MDt/d for more than 30 gas utilities, power generators, marketers and producers.

Carolyn Davis, Houston

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