BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline LLC plans to triple the capacity of its 1,300-kilometre pipeline that transports natural gas from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts by way of Maine.
The additional capacity would likely be taken up by shipments from two Canadian liquefied natural gas terminals proposed for Bear Head, N.S., and Saint John, N.B.
LNG terminals proposed in coastal Maine have encountered strong local opposition.
No price tag has been set for the project, which has a November 2008 target date, said Marylee Hanley, Maritimes & Northeast's manager of government and public affairs, based in Waltham, Mass.
The project would increase the pipeline's capacity from its current 440 million cubic feet per day to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day.
Earlier this year, the company delcared open season in nominations for new natural gas transportation services in 2007-2008.
In response, the company says customers requested roughly 1.5 billion cubic feet per day for deliveries in Canada and the northeastern United States.
The company will now work with respondents to finalize agreements by June 1.
The anticipated expansion in Maine would include construction of five compressor stations, in Eliot, Westbrook, Searsmont, Brewer and Township 35, and installation of additional pipelines in the existing right of way, Hanley said Tuesday.
Plans also call for one compressor station in Methuen, Mass., as well as additional stations in Canada, Hanley said.
''We haven't even begun surveying the land yet,'' she said, noting that it was too early in the process to identify specific sites. ''We're in the very beginning stages.''
The company is still reviewing whether it will construct pipelines to serve new customers.
Hanley said details of the project should be completed by the end of the year, when it plans to file an application with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Maritimes & Northeast is owned by affiliates of Duke Energy, Emera Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp.