Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline said last week that it isplacing into service about 220,000 MMBtu/d of capacity on two newlaterals. The company opened the valves on the Halifax Lateral lastweek and was close to doing the same on the Saint John lateral.

Halifax will deliver gas to Nova Scotia Power Tufts CoveGenerating Station. The 77-mile, 12-inch diameter pipeline extendsfrom a point on the mainline near Stellarton to the Tufts plant inDartmouth. There are two firm service agreements in place with NovaScotia Power for a total of 61,600 MMBtu/d.

Construction of the Saint John Lateral is nearly complete. Whenthe pipeline receives a leave-to-open from the National EnergyBoard, commissioning activities will begin. The lateral is onschedule for service in later this month. Facilities for the SaintJohn Lateral consist of 63 miles of 16-inch diameter pipeline froma point near Kedron Lake to delivery points in the Saint John andLake Utopia areas in New Brunswick. The Saint John lateral isdesigned to transport 164,000 MMBtu/d of gas.

M&NP also said it has received approval from the NEB tobuild facilities to serve Enbridge Gas New Brunswick’s distributionsystem in eastern, western and southern Saint John. The northernfacilities are on hold.

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