TransCanada, NGTL Contemplate Expansions

TransCanada PipeLines and Nova Gas Transmission (NGTL) told their shippers they are looking into expanding their pipeline systems to increase deliveries to the Pacific Northwest. The companies plan to assess the feasibility of expansions of NGTL and TransCanada's BC System in British Columbia and are offering shippers the opportunity to "rationalize" their firm contract holdings on those systems effective November 2002.

The push for expansion was prompted by an announcement from PG&E Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) recently that it plans to file with FERC in April for a 200 MMcf/d expansion. GTN, which is the major western pipeline downstream of TransCanada and NGTL, also said it would probably increase the capacity of its system by 1 Bcf/d over the next decade.

TransCanada and NGTL have asked all their shippers to provide information on their plans to extend their contracts beyond the current expiration date. The pipelines said such information is "fundamental to the assessment of the long-term economic feasibility of the proposed expansion." The deadline for providing the information is March 12. For details contact Jeff Rush at (403) 920-5819,

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