Industry Brief

El Paso Energy’s Petal Gas Storage said Friday it plans toproceed with the construction of a third salt cavern at itsexisting facilities in Mississippi based on the success of an openseason, which ended May 5. It noted it received service requests inexcess of the capacity proposed in the open season, and is now inthe process of evaluating the bids. The proposed expansion, ifapproved by FERC, would add 5 Bcf of working gas storage capacityto Petal’s existing storage facilities in Hattiesburg, MS, givingthe storage company a total of 15 Bcf of actual working gascapacity and 1.5 Bcf/d of withdrawal capacity.

May 15, 2000

Lawsuit Won’t Stop Vote on MarketLink, Hoecker Says

FERC Chairman James Hoecker said yesterday the Commissionintends to proceed with a vote on the hotly contested MarketLinkexpansion next week despite New Jersey Gov. Christine ToddWhitman’s threat of a lawsuit if the project is approved.

November 19, 1999

Revised Voyageur Project Scrapped

TransCanada PipeLines and Nicor Inc. have dropped their plans toproceed with what was to have been a revised Voyageur pipeline dueto a lack of commitments from Midwest shippers that would have beenserved by the project.

November 4, 1998

ANR Eugene Island Expansion Still Uncertain

ANR Pipeline has yet to decide whether to proceed with expansionof its Eugene Island system in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of aFERC order upholding a previous decision that approved the projectbut put ANR at risk for its cost. “I think all I can say at thispoint is we’re continuing to review the order and consider ouroptions,” an ANR spokesman said Friday.

October 26, 1998

CPUC Allows PG&E Plant Sale to Proceed

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is moving ahead with the sale offive additional power plants, following the California PublicUtilities Commission’s decision this week to lift a temporary haltto the plant auction in response to an appeal by local governmentofficials and a citizens’ action group in San Francisco where twoof the plants are located. PG&E is now authorized to reviewpreliminary bids (“nonbinding expressions of interest”) frompotential buyers.

June 18, 1998

FERC Approves Expanded NorAm Pooling

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week gave NorAmGas Transmission the go-ahead to proceed with its plan to doublethe number of pooling areas on its system, effective April 1,subject to FERC review of a tariff filing outlining the poolboundary changes.

April 6, 1998
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