Duke Energy is studying construction of an interstate pipeline that would originate in the greater Mobile Bay area and traverse the southern portion of both states. “According to several independent reports, the region served by the SE Electric Reliability Council (SERC) is in need of significant new generation capacity, and this increased demand is the direct result of unprecedented growth in the region,” said Robert B. Evans, president. An invitation for potential customers to express interest in the project, ends at the close of business on May 31. SERC is projected to experience a 25% increase in electric demand by 2008. To address a portion of that demand, DEGT is evaluating a transmission pipeline that initially would deliver 250,000 to 500,000 Dth/d of firm transportation to this growing region. Project facilities would likely consist of 20â? and 26â? diameter pipeline and compression, originating near the Destin Pipeline gas processing plant in Pascagoula, Mississippi and interconnecting with the Mobile Bay Processing Partners gas processing plant in Coden, Alabama, and other pipelines in the area before moving east into Georgia. The project would consider the construction of laterals, where applicable, to reach markets along the system.