TransCanada starts Bison pipeline

Jan. 19, 2011 at 6:28 AM

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Gas flowing through the Bison pipeline marks the first time TransCanada is tapping into markets in the U.S. Rocky Mountain region, the company said.

TransCanada said its 303-mile Bison pipeline starting operating Friday. The $600 million project can carry as much as 407 million cubic feet of natural gas per day in initial capacity.

The Canadian pipeline company said the initial capacity of Bison is filled under long-term contracts. The capacity could be increased to 1 billion cubic feet per day with additional pipeline compression should demand increase.

Russ Girling, the president and chief executive officer at TransCanada, said the pipeline gives his company new options for consumers in the United States.

"The Rockies was one of the last major North American producing basins that we weren't connected to," he added in a statement.

The Bison pipeline starts in northeastern Wyoming and heads through Montana and North Dakota before connecting to an existing pipeline to the Midwest states.

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