Firm transportation capacity between Albion and Maple starting as early
as November 1, 2015
CHATHAM, ON and MONTREAL, QC, July 31, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Union Gas and
Gaz Métro Limited Partnership ("Gaz Métro") are holding a binding open
season to solicit market support for firm transportation capacity
originating from a new interconnect at Enbridge Gas Distribution's
system at Albion, to a new interconnect with TransCanada PipeLines
("TransCanada") at or near Maple, Ontario (the "Parkway Extension
The Parkway Extension Project will provide firm transportation capacity
of up to 1,200,000 GJ/d from Albion to Maple with capacity as of
November 1, 2016. A portion of this capacity is expected to be
available in 2015 at a new interconnect with TransCanada south of Maple
at Vaughan, Ontario. In addition, Union Gas will provide firm
transportation capacity of up to 750,000 GJ/d from the Dawn Market Hub
(Dawn) to Parkway with interconnects to both TransCanada and Enbridge
Gas Distribution starting as early as November 1, 2016.
The Parkway Extension Project is connected to Enbridge Gas
Distribution's proposed GTA Project, which involves construction of a
pipeline from Union Gas Parkway to Albion in 2015.
"Changing North American supply dynamics have increased market demand
for Dawn to Parkway system transportation capacity, and customers are
seeking the security of supply and affordability offered by natural gas
sourced at the Dawn Hub," said Mark Isherwood, vice president of
business development, storage and transmission at Union Gas.
The combination of these offerings provides shippers with natural gas
demands in central, northern and eastern Ontario, Québec and the U.S. a
new transportation option through the constrained Parkway to Maple
transportation corridor and access to the security, diversity and
affordability of supply of natural gas from the Dawn Market Hub.
Shippers in Ontario, Québec and the U.S. may also access Marcellus
supplies from Niagara and Chippawa through Union Gas' interconnection
with TransCanada at Kirkwall.
"The Parkway Extension Project will enhance Ontario and Québec's ability
to access secure, diverse and competitive supply sources which will
continue to support growing economies in both provinces and the
increasing demand for affordable and reliable energy," said Patrick
Cabana, vice president of gas supply, procurement and regulatory
affairs at Gaz Métro.
The Dawn Market Hub, one of the fastest growing market hubs in North
America, is the largest integrated natural gas storage facility in
Canada and one of the biggest in North America. Storage and
transmission facilities at the Dawn Market Hub are fully integrated
into the North American supply and transportation system providing
shippers with price stability and diversity and security of supply.
The binding open season runs from July 31, 2013, through Sept 12, 2013.
For more information visit www.uniongas.com/openseason.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission
and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience
and service to customers. The storage and transmission business offers
a variety of storage and transportation services to customers at the
Dawn Hub, the fastest growing liquid market hub in North America with
the largest underground storage facility in Canada and one of the
largest in North America. The Dawn Hub offers customers an important
link in the movement of natural gas from Western Canadian and U.S.
supply basins to markets in central Canada and the northeast U.S. One
of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013, Union Gas is a Spectra Energy
(NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200
employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.
About Gaz Métro
With more than $5 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy
provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec,
where its 10,000 km underground network of pipelines serves 300
municipalities and more than 185,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also
present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity
and natural gas to cater to the needs to some 300,000 customers. Gaz
Métro is actively involved in the development of innovative,
sustainability-oriented energy projects such as the production of wind
power, the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and the
development of biomethane as a renewable energy source. Gaz Métro is
committed to ensuring the satisfaction of its customers, providing
support to businesses, local organizations, families and communities,
and meeting the needs of its partners (Gaz Métro inc. and Valener) and
SOURCE: GAZ METRO
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