In Brief

Guardian Pipeline, a planned new interstate natural gas pipelineto serve northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, is movingforward with an open season that will begin May 4. The pipelinewill have a minimum capacity of 650 MMcf/d and will be expandable,depending on the market response, to a capacity of up to 1.1 Bcf/d.It already has signed a firm precedent agreement with Wisconsin Gasto transport 650 MMcf/d, beginning Nov. 1, 2002, the project’splanned in-service date. The pipeline will transport gas frominterconnections with Alliance, Northern Border, NICOR, Midwestern,NGPL and the proposed Tristate Pipeline near Joliet, IL, tonorthern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin markets. It willconsist of 24,000 hp of compression and 147 miles of 36-inch pipeextending from Joliet to the Watertown, WI area. Guardian isjointly owned by WICOR, CMS Energy Corp. and Viking GasTransmission, with each holding a one-third interest. The openseason closes June 3. For more information contact George Hass,313-436-9238.

May 3, 1999

Open Season for New Pipe into Wisconsin

Guardian Pipeline, a planned new interstate natural gas pipelineto serve northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, is movingforward with the announcement that its “open season” will beginTuesday, May 4, 1999, at 8 a.m. CDT. Guardian Pipeline is jointlyowned by WICOR, CMS Energy Corp. and Viking Gas Transmission, witheach holding a one-third interest.

April 26, 1999

TX Gets New Public Utility Commissioner

Texas Gov. George W. Bush appointedBrett A. Perlman of Houstonto the Public Utility Commission of Texas to serve a term endingSept. 1, 2003. Perlman is a management consultant with McKinsey andCo. Inc., specializing in high technology and telecommunications.He is responsible for providing strategic planning advice to seniorexecutives of Fortune 500 companies. He was previously an attorneywith the law firm of Jenkens and Gilchrist in Houston and from1985-89, was an attorney with the Washington D.C. law firm of AkinGump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

January 14, 1999

Pipeline Projects Getting No Support in Wisconsin

The Illinois-Wisconsin Express Project, a proposed pipeline toserve the southern Wisconsin market, has been put on indefinitehold reportedly due to the inability of an unnamed Wisconsinutility to commit to the project. News of this comes one day afterTransCanada Pipelines and Nicor Inc. disclosed they have scrappedplans to proceed with their reconfigured Voyageur Pipeline projectthat would have served the same market. (See Daily GPI, Nov. 4)

November 5, 1998

INGAA Pushes Flexibility to Serve the Market

Customers looking for services tailored to their specific needsare driving pipelines to seek lighter-handed regulation includingthe ability to negotiate and deliver those services on the spot-without lengthy FERC proceedings, according to Interstate NaturalGas Assoc. (INGAA) chairman John Riordan.

June 29, 1998

Amoco Developing Trinidad & Tobago Field

Amoco plans to develop one of its largest gas discoveriesoffshore Trinidad and Tobago to serve future demand on the islandsand supply the Atlantic LNG export project in Trinidad.

March 13, 1998

Enron Signs CA Colleges to Power Contract

California State University (CSU) and the University ofCalifornia (UC) signed up with Enron Energy Services (EES) forpower to serve all 22 CSI campuses and all nine UC campuses andother facilities. The deal is the largest direct-access electricenergy contract in the country, Enron said. The two institutionsare projected to save more than $15 million over the next fouryears.

February 26, 1998
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