Iroquois Gas Transmission System LP’s Eastchester ExtensionProject became fully subscribed last week and is slated to bring230 MDth/d to power electric generation to serve residential,industrial and commercial customers in New York City – now servedby Consolidated Edison Energy Inc., KeySpan Ravenswood Inc., OrionPower Holdings Inc., Mirant New York Management Inc. and VirginiaPower Energy Marketing Inc.
The 29-mile extension of the Iroquois mainline originates inNorthport, Long Island, and terminates at an interconnect withConEd in the Bronx. Twenty-seven miles run beneath Long IslandSound. ConEd will receive 30,000 Dth/d and KeySpan, Orion andMirant will each receive 60,000 Dth/d. Virginia Power will receive20,000 Dth/d from Iroquois.
“Of all projects now proposed to serve New York City, Iroquois’Eastchester Extension brings the greatest benefit to the energyinfrastructure with the least impact to the area,” said Craig Frew,president of the Iroquois Pipeline Operating Co., which operatesthe pipeline. “This new link will provide price competition for gascoming from the Gulf of Mexico,” he said, as well as help the statemeet its federal Clean Air Act mandates. Frew said the companycould phase in capacity expansions with “minimal additionalupstream compression” under the new system when needed.
Iroquois, headquartered in Shelton, CT, owns an interstate pipethat extends 375 miles from the U.S.-Canada border at Waddington,NY through Connecticut to South Commack on Long Island. Itcurrently has multi-year firm contracts to transport almost 987.5MDt/d for more than 30 gas utilities, power generators, marketersand producers.
Carolyn Davis, Houston
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