Ohio Power Siting Board Approves Construction of New Hydrogen Gas Pipeline

Ohio Power Siting Board Approves Construction of New Hydrogen Gas Pipeline

COLUMBUS, OH (January 10, 2005) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved the construction of a 12-inch hydrogen gas pipeline in Lucas CountyBuckeye Gulf Coast Pipe Lines, L.P. will own and operate the 3.6-mile pipeline connecting the Sunoco and BP North America refineries in Toledo.

“This is the first project of its kind to be sited in Ohio,” said OPSB Chairman Alan R. Schriber. “We are excited to see this type of investment take place and encourage the development of similar projects in the future.”

The pipeline will deliver hydrogen from a hydrogen plant at the Sunoco refinery to the BP refinery. BP will use the hydrogen in a sulfur removal process to meet 2006 federal low sulfur fuel standards.

The pipeline will be buried within or adjacent to existing railway and utility corridors. Buckeye plans to use horizontal drilling techniques along the majority of the route and has committed to environmental best practices, thereby minimizing the impact on local ecology. A separate 8-inch pipeline will be constructed alongside and used to return off-gases, rich in hydrogen, from BP to Sunoco for use in generating additional hydrogen.

Construction is expected to begin in February 2005, with a completion date of August 1, 2005. The project will cost approximately $9.8 million.

The OPSB reviews applications for construction of large electric and natural gas facilities in Ohio. The 11-member board is comprised of representatives of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the state departments of Development, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Health, the Ohio General Assembly, and the public. The Chairman of the PUCO also chairs the OPSB.

Additional information regarding this project is available on the OPSB Web site at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.