Westcoast Energy said its subsidiary St. Clair Pipelinessubmitted an application to Canada’s National Energy Board forconstruction of the Canadian portion of the TriState PipelineProject, which would provide 450 MMcf/d of new firm transportationcapacity from the Chicago Hub through Indiana and Michigan to theDawn Hub in Ontario. Project partner CMS Energy filed anapplication for the U.S. portion in November of last year.Westcoast has a 33.3% stake in TriState.

“TriState will provide expandable service, based on demand,between the growing Chicago Hub near Joliet, IL, and the Union Gasstorage and transportation facilities at Dawn,” said MichaelStewart, executive vice president of business development forWestcoast. “From the Dawn Hub, shippers will have access tomultiple downstream delivery opportunities, including the proposedMillennium West and Millennium Pipeline projects.”

TriState will have an initial capacity of 450 MMcf/d, but may beeconomically expanded to a capacity of up to 1 Bcf/d. The estimatedcost of the project, based on initial capacity, is expected to beUS $400 million. The proposed pipeline is expected to begin servicein late 2000.

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