Vector Pipeline costs run past estimates

Vector Pipeline LP is a partnership of Enbridge Inc., Calgary, Westcoast Energy Inc., Vancouver, and MCN Energy Group Inc., Detroit. The system began operations Dec. 1, 2000, moving western Canadian and US-sourced natural gas from the market hub in Chicago to the hub at Dawn, Ont. It also provides access to markets and storage in the upper US Midwest. The company filed a cost comparison for the 269 mile, 42-in. US portion of the line earlier this year (table). That filing provides a window onto what such a project can encounter during construction. Major areas The company explained the major cost variances under three general headings: weather effects, land access, and urbanization. Cons...

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