Vector Pipeline Begins Construction

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January 19, 2000

The first majör construction activity kicked off this week for Vector Pipeline. Work began on the horizontal directional drilling under Deep River in Lake County, Indiana along with preparations to complete construction of a segment though the adjacent golf course. By the first part of February, directional drill activity will begin at the St. Clair River where Vector crosses into Canada towards its final destination at Dawn, Ontario.
"This is a major milestone for Vector," said Vector Vice President Juri Otsason. "We're pleased to see the first construction activity begin following the challenging extensive marketing,planning and regulatory effort that has taken place over the last two years. We look forward to a successful construction season and start of operations in October 2000."

Construction contracts for completion of the Deep River and St. Clair River directional drills, in addition to the golf course pre-build near Deep River were awarded to Murphy Bros. Inc. of
East Moline, Illinois. Requests for bids for remaining mainline construction will be issued on January 17, 2000 with a decision on the successful contractors expected in April 2000. Construction on the mainline pipe is targeted to begin in early May 2000.

On November 23, 1999 the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied requests for further rehearings and also granted Vector's request to amend Vector's Certificate to allow relocation of the Michigan compressor station from Milford Township to nearby Highland Township, Michigan. These decisions allowed Vector to commence construction on a timely basis.

The Vector Pipeline is a joint venture of Calgary-based Enbridge Inc., lead sponsor for the project, Detroit-based MCN Energy Group Inc. and Westcoast Energy Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia. It is designed to transport 1 billion cubic feet per day of Western Canadian and U.S. sourced natural gas from the rapidly expanding Chicago hub. At Chicago, it will interconnect with Northern Border Pipeline's extension and the Alliance Pipeline, to growing markets in Eastern Canada and the Midwestern and Northeastern regions of the United States. Pipeline capacity can be cost-effectively expanded to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day.

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