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

Discovery Takes A Third Partner

A U.S. subsidiary of British-Borneo Petroleum Syndicate agreedto acquire 16.67% interest in Discovery Producer Services and itssubsidiary Discovery Gas Transmission. In addition, British-Borneohas the right to increase its ownership to 33.3% over the nextthree years. The transaction is valued at about $83.3 million.

April 3, 1998

Algonquin Extension to Connect to M&NE

Algonquin Gas Transmission plans a 70-mile HubLine extension toconnect to several new and exisiting power generation loads in theNortheast, particularly around Boston, and with new suppliesthrough the proposed Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline system.

April 1, 1998

Great Lakes Files $620 Million Expansion

Great Lakes Gas Transmission filed a large but downsized versionof its original 1999-2000 expansion project with FERC last Fridayon behalf of a single shipper, TransCanada PipeLines. The projectis expected to cost $620 million and begin operating in November2000. The Great Lakes 300 Expansion will involve the addition of260 miles of 36-inch diameter pipeline loops, including a newunderwater crossing of the Straits of Mackinac, and seven newcompressors adding 180,000 hp of compression. Great Lakes’ systemcurrently transports about 2 Bcf/d of Canadian gas from Emerson,MB, through Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

March 31, 1998

Pipe, Power Line Squabble Over Construction Site

Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS) told the FERCCentral Maine Power Co. (CMP) is off base in its argument againstsiting of construction activity for PNGTS’ Rumford-Jay lateral pipealong a CMP power line corridor. CMP is seeking a stay order fromthe Commission.

March 25, 1998

Viking Voyaguer Seeks At-Risk Status

To hasten FERC approval of its Canada-to-Illinois project,Viking Voyageur Gas Transmission said it would be willing to beplaced at-risk for any capacity that is unsubscribed during thefirst 10 years of the pipeline’s operation.

March 18, 1998

FERC to Hold Conference on ISOs

FERC has scheduled a public conference for April 15-16 toexamine the future of ISOs in administering the electrictransmission grid on a regional basis. The Commission isconsidering whether policy changes are necessary “in order topromote competition and reliability in bulk power markets.”

March 16, 1998

FERC Sets Pony Express Cost Overrun for Hearing

FERC dealt KN Interstate Gas Transmission a serious blow lastweek in ordering the pipeline to explain a 41% overrun in the costof its Pony Express Pipeline Project and prove the project stillmeets the Commission’s test for rolled-in rate treatment.

March 3, 1998

Transportation Notes

KN’s Bushton Plant will have a Lean Side Outage through March 5.Only the Lean Side Processing capabilities will be affected.

March 3, 1998

Transportation Notes

Florida Gas Transmission said Thursday it was experiencing”extremely high” linepack and that Operational Flow Orders would beissued to customers taking less than scheduled volumes. Otheroperational tools such as an Alert Day notice were also beingconsidered, the pipeline said.

March 2, 1998