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Transportation news briefs, Dec. 27

Dynegy Inc. is building a 9.2-mile, 20-in. line between Michigan Consolidated Gas Co.'s storage and load balancing plant and Dynegy's 680-Mw Renaissance Power Plant in mid-Michigan, due to come on stream next summer.

The US Court of Federal Claims held that the double-hull requirement of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 does not constitute an unlawful taking of Maritrans Inc.'s petroleum barges, said Maritrans. The petroleum transport vessel company is considering whether to appeal.

SCANA Corp. subsidiary SCG Pipeline Inc. applied for US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval to build 18 miles of a natural gas pipeline in Georgia and South Carolina and own capacity in existing parallel pipelines connected to a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility. SCG said the project will provide access to those markets for gas from interconnections with Southern Natural Gas and Southern LNG's Elba Island LNG import terminal near Savannah, Ga. The proposed in-service date is November 2003.

FERC granted Iroquois Pipeline Operating Co. a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct a $170 million gas pipeline extension from Long Island into New York City (OGJ Online, Apr. 30, 2000). The Eastchester Expansion Project will deliver about 230 MMcfd of gas from Western Canada to the Consolidated Edison Co. gas grid starting in the winter of 2002-03.

The Canadian National Energy Board approved Petro-Canada's application to construct a natural gas pipeline from the Medicine Hat, Alta., area to Burstall, Sask. The 10-in. Medicine Hat Pipeline will move 53 MMcfd (OGJ Online, Sept. 28, 2001).

Colonial Pipeline plans to expand its petroleum products pipeline from Atlanta to Bainbridge, Ga., to add up to 15,000 b/d of capacity for customers in central and southern Georgia and northern Florida.

MarkWest Hydrocarbon Inc. acquired a 6-mile gathering system in the Bantry field in Alberta for $3.1 million (Can.). It gathers 5.5 MMcfd at present. Markwest will expand the line to 10 MMcfd by early 2002.

AEC Storage & Hub Services Inc. decided to terminate a letter of intent to participate in Epic Oil & Gas Ltd.'s Birch Bay Gas Storage Project in northwest Washington state.

InfrastruX Group, a wholly owned utility-services subsidiary of Puget Energy, purchased Skibeck Pipeline Co. Inc., an East Coast provider of natural gas transmission pipeline construction services. Skibeck will retain its name and operate as a company of InfrastruX Group.


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