Buffalo, NY-based National Fuel Gas (NFG) is currently holding an open season for long-term firm transportation capacity from Empire State Pipeline at Pendleton, NY. The solicitation, which began on Dec. 20, ends at 3 p.m. EST on Dec. 30.

In early October, National Fuel entered into an agreement to acquire Empire from Duke Energy Gas Transmission for approximately $240 million (see Daily GPI, Oct. 4). “We are still moving forward on the acquisition,” said Charlotte Viscio, a spokeswoman for NFG. “Right now, it is pending the approval of the regulators, specifically the Public Service Commission of New York. We expect approval from the regulators in early 2003.”

Under the open season, the primary delivery points include:

NFG noted that for both of the Tennessee points, as well as the TransCanada point, deliveries are by displacement only. The company said it will consider requests for rate discounts for firm transportation service to these specific delivery points. Fuel and loss retention will be discounted to zero for these points. The company also said the capacity at the TransCanada point increases from 111,799 Dth/day to 113,799 Dth/day effective April 1, 2003.

NFG said shippers may request all or part of the available capacity, while discounts will be considered for a maximum term of three years. One discounted reservation rate will be considered for the requested contract term.

More information on the open season along with service request forms are available on National Fuel Gas Supply Corp.’s website at https://nfg.natfuel.com. Upon completion of the offering, successful bidders will be required to execute and return service agreements within five days after they are received.

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