TransCanada encouraged by interest in project

Spokesman: TransCanada encouraged by results of recent solicitation of interest in gas line

Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A spokesman for TransCanada Corp. says the company is encouraged by the results from its recent solicitation of interest in an Alaska natural gas project.

Shawn Howard says there was interest from potential shippers and "major players from a broad range of industry sectors and geographic locations," including North America and Asia. He declined to name them, citing confidentiality.

He didn't say if preference was shown for a project that serve North America markets or for one that would allow for liquefied natural gas exports overseas.

The non-binding solicitation ended Sept. 14. The expressions of interest are just that: not firm commitments to any one project.

Howard says TransCanada continues to work with the North Slope's major players to evaluate options for bringing Alaska gas to market.

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