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TRANSCANADA PIPELINES MAKES FIRST GAS DELIVERY TO IROQUOIS

 TRANSCANADA PIPELINES MAKES FIRST GAS DELIVERY TO IROQUOIS
 CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Gerald J. Maier,


president and chief executive officer of TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. (NYSE, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary: TRP) today announced that, on Dec. 1, 1991, TransCanada made the first delivery of natural gas exports from western Canada into the facilities of Iroquois Gas Transmission System. The initial rate of delivery was 210 million cubic feet per day of which 85 million cubic feet was firm throughput. Delivery occurred at the junction of the two pipeline systems near Iroquois in eastern Ontario. As other facilities on the TransCanada and Iroquois systems come on stream, deliveries will climb to 627 million cubic feet per day.
 Maier said, "December 1st represents the completion of a process that began in early 1986 in order to find a new and better way to supply the U.S. northeast with western Canadian gas. Over the years, we overcame many challenges and regulatory procedures. A journey of this length and complexity required courage and tenacity. I congratulate my colleagues at TransCanada and our associates and supporters from Alberta to the U.S. northeast for staying the course with us."
 Maier commented that yesterday's event will bring additional income to western Canada, particularly the beleaguered gas producing industry. It has already created major pipeline construction to develop increased gas transportation capacity across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Communities in these provinces have already benefited from increased employment and will enjoy substantial increases in municipal tax bases.
 George Hugh, chief operating officer, TransCanada said, "I am particularly pleased that because of the dedication of our employees, the related construction on the TransCanada system, which began in January 1991, proceeded on schedule and came in under budget. In fact, that budget had already been reduced significantly from the estimated cost of construction presented to the National Energy Board over a year ago."
 Maier concluded that the Iroquois project and all of the required upstream developments resulted in a "win-win"' situation for all of Canada. "Canadian industry is a major beneficiary of the construction project and this could not have occurred at a more opportune time for the lagging Canadian economy."
 Backgrounder:
 The construction of the Iroquois Gas Transmission System was first proposed by TransCanada in 1986. It runs 595 km from Iroquois, Ontario to Long Island, New York and links Canadian natural gas supplies to customers in the U.S. northeast.
 When fully operational the pipeline will move 627 million cubic feet of natural gas daily to utilities and power generators to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. TransCanada is the manager of Iroquois with a 29 percent stake. The project will be in order of (U.S.) $650 million and is supported by construction in Canada during 1991-92 of some $1.7 billion.
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 /CONTACT: William A. Scotland of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, 403-267-8526/
 (TRP.) CO: TransCanada PipeLines Limited ST: Alberta IN: OIL SU:


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