Not content to converge just with electricity, the gas industryis turning to telecommunications. Specifically, pipelines arefinding their rights of way make sense for the routing offiber-optic telecommunications cable.
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A Mexican government decision to eliminate a tariff on naturalgas imports July 1 was heralded as good news for U.S. pipelines andMexican consumers. Currently 4%, the tariff on U.S. gas imports,was to be eliminated in 2003 following annual reductions of 1%. Thetariff went into effect at 10% with the signing of the NorthAmerican Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The tariff’s elimination isintended to boost gas availability to Mexico’s northern region asthe country turns more and more to gas-fired power generation.
Columbia Gas Transmission said it opened a data room to provideinformation on 545 miles of small-diameter gas gathering pipelines,called the CHEWP system, and the Holbrook Storage Field, which has1.5 Bcf of total capacity in northern West Virginia andsouthwestern Pennsylvania. Anyone interested in the assets shouldmake an appointment to visit the data room in Charleston, WVA, bycalling (304) 357-2282.
TransCanada PipeLines subsidiary NOVA Gas Transmission (NGTL)filed its new pricing structure proposal with the Alberta Energyand Utilities Board (AEUB) yesterday. The gas transportation tollson TransCanada’s Alberta system are consistent with the memorandumof understanding (MOU) reached recently with the CanadianAssociation of Petroleum Producers. Announced March 24, the MOUdetails a new distance- and quantity-based pricing structure toreplace the current postage-stamp pricing regime for tolls on theAlberta system. The application also reflects input gathered duringan extensive stakeholder consultation process that began in late1996. The filing replaces an application NGTL put forth to the AEUBin April 1998.
FERC earlier this week gave Williams Gas Pipelines Central onemore chance to settle the lingering, controversial cost-recoveryissues arising from the reformation of three of its gas supplycontracts for production in Colorado.
A new gas tolling agreement between TransCanada PipeLines andthe Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) soon mayreplace Nova Gas Transmission’s 19-year-old, postage-stamp pricingsystem with a formula based on distance- and the diameter of thepipe used for transportation. A memorandum of understanding (MOU),signed by CAPP and TransCanada, marks the culmination of asettlement process started when the Canadian gas industry signed apeace accord last April, which also assured construction of theAlliance Pipeline and approval of the TransCanada-Nova merger.
Western-based El Paso Energy, which lassoed Tennessee Gas Pipeline and a route to New England three years ago, rode into the Southeast last week, announcing it will acquire Sonat and its Southern Natural Gas Pipeline in a $6 billion deal.