CALGARY, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Alliance Pipeline L.P. ("Alliance") today announced plans to develop a pipeline and associated facilities in North Dakota to transport liquids-rich natural gas. Hess Corporation has entered into a precedent agreement with Alliance for service on the proposed 80-mile lateral pipeline, which would connect production from Hess' gas processing facility in Tioga, ND to the Alliance mainline near Sherwood, ND, for onward shipment to the Chicago market hub.
The pipeline's initial design capacity is approximately 120,000 Mcf/day, and can be expanded based on shipper demand. Alliance will hold an open season this summer to identify further shipper transportation needs.
The Tioga Lateral Project has a planned in-service date of July 2013, subject to regulatory and other required approvals.
"The Alliance system ships high-energy, liquids-rich natural gas, to NGL processing facilities owned by Aux Sable Liquid Products at the terminus of the mainline system near Chicago", said Murray Birch, Alliance president and CEO. "We are pleased that the Tioga Lateral Project will enable us to offer Williston Basin producers a value-added transportation option that is unique in North America".Alliance has one of the best safety and performance records in the natural gas transmission industry. Alliance will consult with and inform affected stakeholders throughout the pipeline project's planning and development. # # # Proposed pipeline route map available: http://files.newswire.ca/977/Tioga_map_captioned.pdf 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 is owned and operated by Alliance Pipeline L.P. and 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 at www.alliancepipeline.com. 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 (TSX: ENF.UN) 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. (TSX: VSN). SOURCE Alliance Pipeline Limited Partnership
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