BC Gas is holding an open season to test market interest in its proposed new Inland Pacific Connector Pipeline, a 153-mile pipeline extending from the Southern Crossing pipeline to the regional marketing hub in Huntingdon, BC (see Daily GPI, April 4).

“This open season will help us determine the extent of the demand for additional natural gas in the Lower Mainland and U.S. Pacific Northwest and allow us to move ahead with public consultation and planning for the construction of the new pipeline,” said Rich Ballantyne, BC Gas director of transmission and project development. “Once built, the Inland Pacific Connector will increase the supply of natural gas to the Lower Mainland and help prevent dramatic price increases like those experienced last winter.”

The C$495 million pipeline is expected to be in service by late 2003. Companies can e-mail BC Gas at ipc_info(at)bcgas.com to obtain an information package about capacity on the Inland Pacific Connector Pipeline. BC Gas Utility Ltd. is the largest distributor of natural gas serving British Columbia, with 762,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 100 communities. BC Gas Utility Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BC Gas Inc.

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