The upstream Canadian portion of the Portland Natural GasTransmission Project – the PNGTS Extension, which will link theU.S. pipeline with TransCanada PipeLines via an extension of theTrans Qu‚bec & Maritimes — received a favorable environmentalreview from Canada’s National Energy Board. The NEB concluded the132-mile extension is “not likely to cause significant adverseenvironmental effects, provided that the mitigative measuresidentified during the public hearing are implemented and enforced.”The NEB submitted its Comprehensive Study Report on the project tothe federal Minister of Environment and to the CanadianEnvironmental Assessment Agency last week

The pipeline will run from Lachenaie, PQ, to East Hereford, PQ,near the New Hampshire border, where it would connect with PNGTS, a210 MMcf/d pipeline extending to northern Massachusetts. Theestimated cost of the project is $270 million with a plannedin-service date of Nov. 1, 1998. Beginning in November, 152.2MMcf/d of gas would be delivered at East Hereford to supply marketsin the U.S. Northeast and 34 MMcf/d would be delivered at Waterlooto supply markets in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. In the secondyear of operation, deliveries would increase 210 MMcf/d for EastHereford and to 49 MMcf/d for Waterloo

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