Regulatory Approval Granted for Construction of Alliance Pipeline Natural Gas Lateral in North Dakota
CALGARY, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – October 1, 2012 – With a green light from
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Alliance Pipeline is
moving ahead with construction preparations for its Tioga Lateral
Pipeline project in North Dakota.
FERC issued its approval September 20, 2012 for Alliance’s 79.3 mile,
NPS 12 (12 inch diameter) lateral pipeline to connect new natural gas
production from the Williston Basin to the Alliance mainline in North
Dakota. The natural gas will then be shipped onward to the Chicago
market hub. The planned in-service timing for the new pipeline is
“We are very pleased to obtain regulatory approval for this pipeline,
which will help address North Dakota’s need for natural gas
transportation infrastructure. Moving more Williston Basin gas to
market will also help reduce flaring and provide direct environmental
and economic benefits to North Dakotans”, said Mike McGonagill, Senior
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Alliance Pipeline.
“This is a major milestone that enables Alliance to further align with
market and customer needs, while capitalizing on our unique ability to
ship liquids rich natural gas since the Alliance pipeline is directly
connected to the large-scale NGL extraction and fractionation facility
near Chicago owned by Aux Sable Liquid Products.”
The pipeline has been certificated for 106,500 Mcf/day, and is
underpinned by a contract with Hess Corporation for transport of 61,500
Mcf/day. The pipeline is expandable, based on shipper demand, and with
the project now a go, Alliance will continue talks with interested
Shipment of construction materials to approved locations along the
pipeline route has begun and construction crews will soon be mobilized.
For more information about the project visit: www.alliancepipeline.com.
About the Alliance Pipeline system:
The Alliance Pipeline system consists of an approximately 2,311-mile
integrated Canadian and U.S. high-pressure natural gas transmission
pipeline system, delivering rich natural gas from the Western Canadian
Sedimentary Basin and the Williston Basin to the Chicago market hub.
The United States portion of the system consists of approximately 900
miles of mainline and related infrastructure. The system has been in
commercial service since December 2000 and delivers, on average, about
1.6 billion standard cubic feet (or 45.3 million standard cubic metres)
of natural gas per day. More information about the company is available
Alliance Pipeline Limited Partnership (“Alliance Canada”) owns the
Canadian portion of the Alliance Pipeline system. Alliance Canada is
owned 50 percent each by affiliates of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings
Inc. (TSX:ENF) and Veresen Inc. (TSX:VSN).
Alliance Pipeline L.P. (“Alliance U.S.A.”) owns the U.S. portion of the
Alliance Pipeline system. Alliance U.S.A. is owned 50 percent each by
affiliates of Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) and Veresen Inc.
SOURCE Alliance Pipeline Limited Partnership