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
Carolyn Davis, Houston
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