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Millennium Phase 1 planned.

In response to natural gas market demands in the northeastern U.S., the Millennium pipeline project has announced a two phase development plan that involves two of New York's largest energy firms.

Millenium Phase 1 will provide supply access to a number of supply and storage basins, including the Dawn, Ontario, trading hub. Phase 1 will feature National Fuel Gas Company's Empire State Pipeline (Empire) as an upstream supply link for the pipeline and KeySpan as a significant new anchor shipper, allowing for increased deliveries to KeySpan's customers. Expected to be in service by November 2006, Phase 1 will include the 186-mile section of Millennium from Corning, NY, to Ramapo, NY This section replaces and upgrades an existing Columbia Gas Transmission natural gas pipeline. Phase 1 will transport 500,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day.

Upstream supply for the pipeline will be provided via a 250,000 dekatherm/day expansion of the Empire system that includes an 83-mile extension from near Rochester, NY, to Coning, NY. The Empire system, through its connection to the TransCanada Pipeline system at Chippawa, provides access to the Dawm hub in southern Ontario.

Millenium Phase 2 will cross the Hudson River, linking to the New York City metropolitan market. In an effort to advance this phase of the project, Millennium has filed an appeal in U.S. Federal District Court of a U.S. Department of Commerce ruling relating to the project's Hudson River crossing plan. Millenium has not yet set an in-service date for Phase 2, but is proceeding with Phase 1 as the appeal moves forward.
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Publication:Underground Construction
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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