Crossroads Pipeline Co., East Ohio Gas and CNG Transmission saidthey received expressions of interest for 800,000 Dth/d of capacityon their proposed transportation project, which would bring gasfrom the Chicago hub through Crossroads’ existing system to marketsin East Ohio’s service territory and farther east via CNG’spipeline system. The proposed project initially would add 150,000Dth/d of firm capacity across all three systems.

Although multiple pipelines would be involved, customers wouldbe able to move gas from Chicago to CNG markets with a singlenomination, the sponsors said. Sponsors promise administrative easewith seamless nominations and billing. The plan is to “maximize theuse of existing facilities” to deliver the gas.

A 20-mile pipeline would be constructed to link the Chicago hubto Crossroads. The project is expected to require little additionalconstruction and should be completed in 1999.

The transportation rate is estimated at 45 cents/Dth, based on100% load factor and 10-year term, with 3.5% fuel charge, allsubject to final delivery points, volume and terms. Rates were madeavailable for five-year terms. Crossroads is the interstatetransmission subsidiary of NIPSCO Industries.

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