PNGTS Begins Construction

Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS) beganconstruction of its 292-mile pipeline system. “We remain confidentthat PNGTS will be fully operational this fall, bringing thebenefits of this important new energy project to customersthroughout New England,” said Michael A. Minkos, president of PNGTSOperating Co.

June 12, 1998

Columbia to Expand Mainline by 100,000 Dth/d

Columbia Gulf Transmission announced it has filed a request withFERC for authorization to expand its mainline by 100,000 Dth/d toaccommodate requests of 19 shippers, 14 of which will be new to thesystem. An open season late last year for Columbia’s Mainline ’99expansion yielded requests for 315,000 Dth/d of firmtransportation, most of which will be provided with existing systemcapacity. About 12,000 Dth/d that was turned back by existingshippers also will be used to serve the new requests.

June 9, 1998

FERC Shoots Down Two Midcoast Projects

Midcoast Interstate Transmission’s efforts to continue itsmonopoly control of the pipeline transportation market in northernAlabama fell by the wayside last week when FERC rejected its twocontroversial project proposals citing disinterest on the part ofshippers.

June 2, 1998

PNGTS, Maritimes Begin Laying Pipe

Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS) and Maritimes& Northeast Pipeline, L.L.C. (Maritimes) successfully crossedthe first major engineering hurdle in constructing their jointpipeline facilities, which represent the southernmost portion ofeach company’s pipeline system. The joint facilities eventuallywill bring more than 600 MMcf/d of Canadian gas to New Englandmarkets.

June 2, 1998

Customers Rap Texas Eastern Rate Proposal

Texas Eastern Transmission’s proposed settlement professing morethan $260 million in customer savings over the next five to sixyears isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, state regulators and pipeline customers insist.

May 20, 1998

Tetco Offers to Bear Risk for Turned-Back Capacity

Texas Eastern Transmission (Tetco) on Tuesday submitted to FERCan offer of settlement that it insists will save pipeline customersmore than $260 million over the next five to six years.

April 29, 1998

Viking to Pursue Its Own Pipeline Expansion

Viking Gas Transmission formally dropped out of the VikingVoyageur partnership earlier this week and now plans to test themarket for a separate, smaller expansion of its existing system,VGT President Greg Palmer, a former spokesman for Voyageur, saidyesterday. VGT intends to hold an open season to collect customerinterest in the project this summer.

April 24, 1998

Voyageur Expansion Project in Doubt

Viking Gas Transmission, a partner in the Viking Voyageurpipeline expansion project, formally confirmed it has been unableto secure sufficient shipper support for the proposed expansion andis “reviewing its alternatives” on the project with its partners,TransCanada PipeLines and Nicor.

April 22, 1998

Tetco Brings Back WW II Era Pipe

Texas Eastern Transmission resurrected an old war horse toprovide additional service to PECO Energy and new service to MobilOil’s Paulsboro, NJ, refinery.

April 8, 1998

NEB Approves Upstream Link for PNGTS

The Canadian inlet to the proposed Portland Natural GasTransmission System has received approval from the National EnergyBoard, in time for completion on schedule this Nov. 1. Titled thePNGTS Extension, the route will be built by Trans Quebec &Maritimes Pipeline Inc. from a connection with the TransCanadasystem in eastern Quebec at Lachenaie to an exit into New Hampshireat East Hereford.

April 6, 1998