Because its initial open season period of Oct. 5 through Dec. 5included the Thanksgiving holidays, Dominion is extending thedeadline to Dec. 19 for its previously announced GreenbrierPipeline project in order to continue to gauge customer interest.

The proposed $400 million pipeline will travel 200 miles fromDominion’s Cornwell Station near Charleston, WV, to Rockingham County,NC, to connect with Transcontinental Gas Pipeline. The line will havea 600,000 Dth/d of natural gas capacity, and will access gas suppliesfrom Canada, Appalachia, the Gulf Coast and Mid-Continent regions (seeDaily GPI, Oct. 3).

“We headed through November and the holiday period and thoughtthat with a lot going on, we would give our customers an extendedperiod of time for an opportunity to look at the project,” said BobFulton, a spokesman for Dominion.

Dominion chose to position the Greenbrier along a corridor inthe Appalachian and Piedmont regions due to the area’s growingdemand. Although the pipeline has a general route planned out, thecompany said an exact route will be determined at a later date bymarket interest and customer location.

Dominion expects the Greenbrier Pipeline to be in service inJune 2005, when the company’s projections show demand will exceedsupply in the area. In deciding a service date Dominion also tookinto account the regional liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities,which are expected to come online in the interim.

The pipeline is targeting about 10,000 MW of new gas-fired powergeneration planned in Virginia and North Carolina by 2007, whichroughly amounts to about 1.8 Bcf/d of incremental growth.

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