NEW YORK Nov 16 Energy producer Dominion (D.N)
said Friday it began an open season to gauge interest in
allowing its customers increased access to new natural gas
supplies from the Rocky Mountain region.
Under its Dominion Hub III project, which could begin
service by 2009, existing Dominion Transmission firm
transportation customers would be able to move supplies to a
planned interconnection with the huge Rockies Express pipeline
at Clarington, Ohio, the company said in a statement.
Customers will retain their existing delivery points to
move supplies to growing markets in the U.S. Northeast.
A Dominion spokesman said the open season would run through
In June, Dominion announced it was the first pipeline to
sign firm agreements to move Rockies supplies into east coast
markets as part of its Dominion Hub I Project.
The current Hub III Project would allow approximately
300,000 dekatherms (300 million cubic feet) per day of existing
entitlements to be transferred to the Clarington interconnect.
Dominion said rates charged would be based on the level of
market participation and the final design of the project's
"The Hub III Project is a win-win proposal for both
Dominion customers and Rockies producers. For current
customers, the project will provide access to an important
source of incremental gas supplies from the growing Rockies
basin. For producers, the project will provide access to major
liquid Northeast markets as well as to the nation's largest gas
storage network," the company said in the statement.
When complete in 2009, the Rockies Express pipeline will be
one of the largest natural gas pipelines ever constructed in
North America, transporting up to 1.8 billion cubic feet of gas
per day from Rockies producers near Rio Blanco County, Colorado
to customers in the eastern United States.
The Rockies Express pipeline is a joint venture of Kinder
Morgan Energy Partners KMP.N, Sempra Pipelines & Storage, a
unit of Sempra Energy (SRE.N), and ConocoPhillips (COP.N).
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and
transporters of energy, with approximately 26,500 megawatts of
generation, 7,800 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline
and 1 trillion cubic feet equivalent of proved natural gas and
Dominion also owns and operates the nation's largest
underground natural gas storage system with about 960 bcf of
storage capacity, serving retail energy customers in 11
(Reporting by Eileen Moustakis; Editing by Marguerita Choy)