Duke and KeySpan apply to build Islander East gas pipeline

Islander East Pipeline Co. LLC has asked the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval to build and operate about 50 miles of pipeline to move natural gas to growing markets in Connecticut, New York City, and Long Island. Islander East is owned by subsidiaries of Duke Energy Corp. and KeySpan Corp.


By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, June 21 -- Islander East Pipeline Co. LLC has asked the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval to build and operate about 50 miles of pipeline to move natural gas to growing markets in Connecticut, New York City and Long Island.

Islander East is a 50:50 venture between subsidiaries of Duke Energy Corp. and KeySpan Corp.

Islander East, expected to be in service in 2003, would extend from Connecticut across Long Island Sound to Wading River, NY, with connections to KeySpan's Long Island delivery system.

The 50-mile, 24-in. line would move about 250,000 dekatherms/day (OGJ Online, Jan. 29, 2001).

Algonquin Gas Transmission Co. is proposing upgrades to its system in Connecticut that will interconnect with Islander East; about 13.7 miles of existing parallel pipelines will be upgraded and a compressor station will be constructed in Cheshire, Conn.

Robert Evans, president of Duke Energy Gas Transmission, said the project is in response to increasing demand for gas in Connecticut, New York City and on Long Island.

Robert B. Catell, chairman and CEO of KeySpan, said, "By bringing natural gas from a newly developed basin in Atlantic Canada, Islander East will enhance the reliability and competitive cost of energy in the New York metropolitan area."

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