IPL Energy and MCN Energy took the last major regulatory step inadvancing their 1 Bcf/d Vector Pipeline project this week by filingan application with Canada’s National Energy Board forauthorization to construct the 16-mile Ontario portion of the342-mile line. An application for the larger U.S. portion was filedwith FERC in December.

The $500-million project would interconnect with Alliance, inwhich IPL is a partner, and with Northern Border at Joliet, IL,bringing Canadian gas from the Chicago hub through Indiana andMichigan to the international border at the St. Clair River innorthern Michigan. The Ontario portion would end at the Dawn hub.

Vector said it hopes to have the pipeline, both the U.S. andCanadian legs, in service by Nov. 1, 1999. Ontario-based IPL alsohas an unspecified interest in the Millennium Pipeline, a$650-million gas line, which, if approved by FERC, would extendfrom Lake Erie to New York City.

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