Williams’ Northwest Pipeline is holding a binding open season for its Colorado Hub Connection (CHC) project. Northwest’s 34-mile Colorado Hub lateral would allow access from the Greasewood and Meeker hubs to a location near Sand Springs, CO.

CHC was proposed in April, and Northwest completed an open season in July (see Daily GPI, July 20). Shippers indicated interest in services totaling more than 600 MDth/d for contract terms up to 15 years. Based on the expressions of interest, Northwest is proceeding with the binding open season. Once binding commitments are received, Northwest will determine the final design and cost for the project. Subject to approvals, service is expected to be available in November 2010.

“Williams is excited about the level of interest shippers expressed in the Colorado Hub Connection project,” said Phil Wright, president of Williams’ interstate gas pipeline business. “This project will benefit Northwest’s customers by providing increased access to Rockies natural gas supplies.”

Through the binding open season, shippers may subscribe for existing Northwest Pipeline capacity paired with Colorado Hub lateral capacity to move gas supplies from points north of Sand Springs on Northwest’s mainline system to the Greasewood and Meeker hubs; or from the Greasewood and Meeker hubs to delivery points near Ignacio, CO, where Northwest interconnects with El Paso Natural Gas and Transwestern Pipeline.

For additional information or a precedent agreement, contact Hank Henrie, (801) 584-6625, or Larry Larsen, (801) 584-6645. Shippers needing CHC capacity have to complete and return a binding precedent agreement by 3 p.m. MDT on Aug. 31. The term sheet is available at www.1line.williams.com/Files/Northwest/NorthwestDownloadMenu.html.

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