Transportation news briefs, Dec. 8

Turkish BOTAS Petroleum Pipeline Corp. awarded Pipeline Engineering GMBH, Essen, a contract to design the Turkish section of a 1,700 km oil pipeline from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Ceyhan, Turkey. The $2.4 billion line is expected to carry 50 million tons of crude/year.

Coastal Corp. said its Gulfstream Natural Gas System LLC has signed a $310 million purchase agreement with Berg Steel Pipe Corp., a unit of Europipe GmbH, Ratingen, Germany, for Berg to manufacture most of the steel pipe for the Gulfstream system. The agreement covers all the 36-in. pipe for the offshore section of Gulfstream, as well as the 36 and 30-in. pipe, for the onshore segment in Florida. The pipe will be delivered to Port Manatee, Fla., and Mobile, Ala., starting early in 2001.

Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. has filed revised tariff sheets with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to allow customers the option of requesting service agreements electronically and of executing them online. If approved, the revised sheets will be effective on Jan. 1.

Dominion Resources Inc., Richmond, Va., has extended the open season for the 600 MMcfd capacity Greenbrier pipeline project to Dec. 19 from Dec. 5. The $400 million project will stretch from Dominion's Cornwell Station near Charleston, W.Va., to the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. line in Rockingham County, NC (OGJ Online, Oct. 2, 2000). Greenbrier is expected on stream in June 2005.

BC Gas Utility Ltd. said Nov. 30 its $376 million (Can.) British Columbian gas pipeline from Yahk to Oliver has come on stream. The 303-km Southern Crossing pipeline took 5 years to plan and 6 months to build, BC said.

NKK Corp. has delivered a 22,500 cu m liquefied natural gas carrier to Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd. and Nusantara Shipping Ltd., a subsidiary of Nissho Iwai Corp., NKK said Dec. 4. The Surya Satsuma was built at NKK's Tsu works. Indonesian state company Pertamina will charter the vessel to carry Indonesian LNG to Japan for delivery to Hiroshima Gas Co. Ltd. in Hiroshima and to Nippon Gas Co. Ltd. in Kagoshima City.

Williams unveiled plans Wednesday to expand capacity of its Kern River Pipeline System in 2003. The company said it would seek commitments for firm year-round transportation to Nevada and California to determine interest in capacity relinquishment from existing firm shippers. New service resulting from the open season would be available May 1, 2003, for a term of 10 or 15 years. Williams filed an application Nov. 15 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for its first expansion of the Kern River system, the 2002 California Expansion project, which would add 124.5 MMcfd of firm transportation service. The expansion's proposed in-service date of May 1, 2002.

Ruhrgas AG subsidiary Pipeline Engineering GMBH is working with partners Podzemgazprom Ltd., Moscow, and Energy & Environmental Investments Inc., Ankara, to install an underground natural gas storage facility in Tuz G�l�, Turkey. The client is state-owned BOTAS Petroleum Pipeline Corp., Ankara. The volume will be 800 million cu m.

Guardian Pipeline said it has ordered five engine compressor packages totaling 22,225 hp from Compressor Systems Inc. Under the agreement, CSI will fabricate the engine compressor packages at its Midland, Tex., in support of delivery during construction of Guardian's compressor station in 2002. Combined, the units will be capable of delivering up to 750 MMcfd of gas. Guardian has firm precedent agreements with Wisconsin Gas and others to transport over 660 MMcfd. A final Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision on the Guardian Pipeline is expected by early 2001. Guardian Pipeline is a partnership of CMS Energy Corp., Dearborn, Mich.; WICOR Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.; and Viking Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy Inc., St. Paul, Minn.

CMS Energy Corp., Dearborn, Mich., said Tuesday that its CMS Trunkline LNG Co. subsidiary will conduct an open season to offer firm, long-term, liquefied natural gas terminal services at its Lake Charles, La.-based LNG terminal, the largest in North America. The CMS Trunkline LNG facility has an existing capacity to receive 90 ship cargoes/year at 2.8 bcf/ship of gas. CMS Trunkline LNG will accept requests until Feb. 15 for 10 year terms beginning no earlier than Jan. 1, 2002.

The National Energy Board has approved a request from Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. to suspend deliveries on its pipeline lateral to Toronto Harbour, known as the Don Valley Lateral, after Apr. 1. The Don Valley Lateral delivers furnace fuel oil and diesel fuel to a terminal owned by Roy-L Canadian Fuels Co. Ltd. The pipeline costs $500,000/year to operate but only collects $70,000 in revenue.

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