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Governor Welcomes Enbridge Stranded Gas Application


April 2, 2004

Washington, DC - Governor Frank H. Murkowski announced Thursday that Enbridge, Inc., a Calgary-based energy transportation and distribution company, intends to file an application with the state under the Stranded Gas Development Act. The application will allow Enbridge to enter into negotiations with the state over fiscal, taxation, royalty and other terms related to construction of a natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to the Yukon border.

"As owner and operator of more than 9,000 miles of natural gas pipelines, Enbridge is a well-qualified applicant for the Alaska Highway project," Murkowski said. "I am pleased to see that they are willing to consider participating as a partner in a consortium that would include Alaska Native corporations and other Alaska-based companies to move forward on this project."

The state is currently negotiating a draft contract under the Stranded Gas Act with the three major North Slope producers, BP, Conoco Phillips, and ExxonMobil, and has a second application under review from the Port Authority group, made up of the City of Valdez and the Fairbanks North Star Borough. A third applicant, MidAmerican, announced last week that it would withdraw its application after the state declined to give it a 5-year exclusive right to build, own and operate the pipeline.

Quoting the news release, Enbridge has more than 50 years experience in North America, and owns and operates Canada's largest natural gas distribution system, with more than 1.7 million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York state.


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