Palomar Open Season to Gauge Interest from Rocky Mountain Shippers
PORTLAND, OREGON--(Marketwire - May 26, 2008) - Palomar Gas Transmission LLC (Palomar) announced today a non-binding open season to gauge interest in capacity from shippers seeking to move Rocky Mountain natural gas into markets in the Willamette Valley and I-5 Corridor.
The results of Palomar's initial open season last year provided sufficient commercial support to proceed with the proposed pipeline's environmental pre-filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Several months into that process, proposals for new pipelines to move Rockies natural gas into western markets have emerged.
Palomar wants to provide those shippers the opportunity to express interest in capacity before Palomar makes its certificate application with FERC later this year.
"Palomar represents the shortest, most cost-effective route to move incremental supplies of natural gas into Pacific Northwest markets," said Hal Kvisle, TransCanada president and chief executive officer. "Palomar represents a low cost alternative, diversifying delivery options and enhancing reliability for customers. Shippers on recently proposed pipelines heading west out of the Rockies have expressed interest in seeing how Palomar might help them better access prime markets such as Portland and Seattle."
The Palomar pipeline will consist of approximately 220 miles of up to 36-inch-diameter pipeline. It will connect TransCanada's existing GTN System in central Oregon with Northwest Pipeline's Grants Pass Lateral and NW Natural's distribution system near Molalla, Oregon (the eastern segment), approximately 30 miles southeast of Portland, and a western segment to allow deliveries along NW Natural's distribution system west and north of Molalla. The system will provide transportation capacity of up to 1.3 billion cubic feet per day. If approved, Palomar would begin service in late 2011.
The open season runs through June 20, 2008. Potential customers interested in participating in the open season can find more information on Palomar by visiting www.palomargas.com or by contacting David White at 503.833.4321.
Palomar is a joint venture of TransCanada Corporation (TransCanada) (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) and Northwest Natural Gas Company (NW Natural) (NYSE:NWN).
TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure. TransCanada's network of more than 36,500 miles of pipeline taps into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 360 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns, controls or is developing approximately 8,300 megawatts of power generation. TransCanada's Gas Transmission Northwest system, headquartered in Portland, has been operating in Oregon since 1963.
NW Natural, also headquartered in Portland, is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest, serving approximately 657,000 home, business, and industrial customers in Oregon and southwest Washington.
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