ENSTAR Receives Approval to Expand Service Territory
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, April 14, 2010– ENSTAR Natural Gas Company (ENSTAR) today announced that the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) approved a request to expand their service territory southward from the Ninilchik area of the Happy Valley Extension of the Kenai Kachemak Pipeline (KKPL) to the vicinity of Anchor Point.
This expansion will allow ENSTAR’s subsidiary, Alaska Pipeline Company (APLC), to extend the transmission line from Ninilchik to Anchor Point, thereby increasing access to both known natural gas supplies as well as prospective exploration areas, such as prospects currently being explored and produced by Anchor Point Energy in the North Fork region. This expansion will also enable ENSTAR to offer the Anchor Point community natural gas service for the first time.
“Anchor Point Energy is a small independent producer operating in an area that is not connected to our current transmission and distribution system” said Colleen Starring, President of ENSTAR. “The approval of this expansion request is an important part of ENSTAR’s efforts to address the long-term gas supply needs of our customers.” Construction of the 22-mile pipeline is expected to begin this summer with a projected completion date in early 2011.
About ENSTAR and Continental Energy Systems LLC
ENSTAR Natural Gas Company serves over 130,000 customers in Anchorage, Mat-Su and Kenai Peninsula. It is owned by Continental Energy Systems LLC. Through various subsidiaries and divisions, Continental serves almost one million natural gas customers in Alaska, Michigan and New Mexico.