Spectra Energy Tuesday announced precedent agreements with shippers for the proposed Northern Bridge project, which would expand its Texas Eastern Transmission (Tetco) system to deliver Rocky Mountain natural gas to Northeastern markets.

The Northern Bridge expansion, announced last year (see Daily GPI, Sept. 5, 2007), would transport up to 150 MMcf/d of gas from the growing Clarington, OH, supply point to the Oakford/Delmont, PA, region. Details of the precedent agreements were not disclosed.

Bill Yardley, Spectra group vice president, called Tetco “ideally positioned with a footprint that can be efficiently expanded” to serve Northeast markets along its existing path from Ohio to New York.

Spectra also said it is working with customers that expressed interest in its TIME III binding open season for transportation services downstream of Northern Bridge (see Daily GPI, Nov. 30, 2007). TIME III would access Rockies gas supplies at several receipt points that include Clarington and Oakford, as well as the proposed Steckman Ridge storage project in Bedford County, PA.

Steckman Ridge, which is jointly owned by subsidiaries of Spectra and New Jersey Resources, is proposing to build a storage facility with 12 Bcf of working capacity. Officials submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the project late last year (see Daily GPI, Nov. 5, 2007).

Tetco in the past six years has expanded its system in the Northeast corridor by 15%; the system is now able to move more than 4 Bcf/d from Ohio to the Northeast.

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