Enron bankruptcy seen crimping US natural gas pipeline expansions

The Enron Corp. bankruptcy protection filing may affect the ability of US pipeline companies to finance the expansions needed to meet dramatic increases in natural gas demand during the next decade.An analysis prepared for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America warned that pipeline operators would find it harder in the short term to raise capital they need to build projects.The consulting firm Energy & Environmental Analysis Inc. (EEA) prepared the report for the INGAA Foundation. It updated a 1999 study that said companies should prepare to meet a 30 tcf gas market by 2010."Everyone's looking at their balance sheet," said Bruce Henning of EEA. Pipelines will need rates of ...

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