Union Gas Set to Expand Its Dawn to Trafalgar Pipeline System - Duke Energy

News Release
June 12, 2006

Union Gas Set to Expand Its Dawn to Trafalgar Pipeline System

CHATHAM – Union Gas received approval today from the Ontario Energy Board for an 18 kilometre, $100 million expansion of its Dawn to Trafalgar Gas pipeline system.

The pipeline expansion (which will occur between Strathroy and London, Ontario), and its related compression facilities will add over 460 million cubic feet per day of incremental capacity and will increase the total physical capacity on the Dawn to Trafalgar transmission system to over 6 billion cubic feet per day.  Construction is expected to commence in the spring of 2007, with service beginning in November 2007.

This expansion follows last year’s approval of a $150 million, 35 km expansion of Union’s Dawn to Trafalgar pipeline and compression facilities in the southwestern region of the province.  Construction of that portion of the pipeline is currently underway. 

“Through these pipeline investments, we are creating capacity to meet the growing demand for natural gas.” said Greg Ebel, president, Union Gas.  

Union Gas is an integrated natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company serving about 1.3 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities in northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario.  The company also provides storage and transportation services to other utilities and energy market participants in Ontario, Quebec and the United States. Union Gas is a Duke Energy company.

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