Upper Midwest gas pipeline project slated

Three Midwestern energy companies-Wicor, CMS Energy Corp., and Northern States Power Co. unit Viking Gas Transmission Co.-have signed an agreement to build an interstate natural gas pipeline to serve markets in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Each company will hold an equal ownership percentage in the proposed project, to be named Guardian pipeline. Guardian's initial capacity will be 750 MMcfd of gas, which will be shipped from numerous interconnections with major interstate pipe- lines at the Chicago hub near Joliet, Ill., to the Watertown, Wis., area (see map [62,987 bytes]). "(Guardian) can be expanded up to 1.1 bcfd," said partner CMS Energy. Potential sh...

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