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RESPONSE TO PG&E GAS TRANSMISSION NW'S WASHINGTON LATERAL OPEN SEASON
Company Plans to Begin
Working with Customers Immediately to Define the Scope of a Pipeline
Project Serving Central and Western Washington
Portland, Oregon - PG&E
Corporation's (NYSE:PCG) PG&E Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) announced
Thursday that an open season which concluded last week demonstrated
strong customer interest in a proposed new pipeline to serve Central
and Western Washington, with prospective shippers submitting non-binding
expressions of interest totaling about three times the projected
GTN closed its open season
for the Washington Lateral Project Friday, June 22. In the open
season, prospective shippers were invited to submit non-binding
expressions of interest in a proposed pipeline project extending
from GTN's mainline system in Eastern Washington to delivery points
in Central and Western Washington.
"The level of customer interest
we received demonstrates the increasing demand for gas in Washington
State," said Peter G. Lund, vice president of the PG&E National
Energy Group, which includes GTN. "We will begin immediately to
work with the companies that submitted bids to design a pipeline
project that could serve some of this need.
"As we continue to move
forward with this project, we will work very closely with federal,
state, tribal and local constituencies. The state of Washington
is a leader in the development of strong pipeline safety standards,
which we have supported and will continue to support."
Customers indicating interest
through the open season included gas utilities serving retail customers
as well as generators seeking gas transportation for proposed projects
in Central and Western Washington.
Lund said GTN envisions
a pipeline capable of delivering approximately 300,000 to 400,000
decatherms per day. The proposed Washington Lateral Project would
begin with an interconnection to the GTN mainline system south of
Spokane, Wash., and head west to the mid-Columbia area in Central
Washington and then to the I-5 corridor in Western Washington.
The ultimate route for the
proposed project has not been determined and exact delivery points
will be determined as GTN works with prospective customers. GTN
plans to start a detailed routing study later this summer and will
work closely with federal, state, local and tribal authorities to
define options and preferred alternatives. The GTN system is regulated
by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department
First operational in 1961,
the GTN mainline system begins at the Idaho/British Columbia boarder,
crosses Northern Idaho, Southeastern Washington and Central Oregon,
terminating at the Oregon/California border. The pipeline interconnects
with other natural gas pipelines, as well as local distribution
companies serving retail customers in the Northwest.
The GTN system is the most
direct link between the abundant gas supplies of western Canada
and the growing gas markets in the Pacific Northwest and California.
GTN is the largest U.S. transporter of Canadian natural gas and
is 100 percent contracted, with an average contract term extending
through 2013. The pipeline operated at near 100 percent of its capacity
for much of 2000.
Additional information about
the results of the Washington Lateral Project open season can be
located on the company's pipeline operations website at www.pge-nw.com.