Pipeline Opportunities Conference Draws Record Crowd

By Rita Tubb, Managing Editor | June 2009 Vol. 64 No. 6

Energy Transfer is also scheduled to build the 185-mile Fayetteville Express Pipeline that will originate in Conway County, AR, continue eastward through White County, AR and terminate at an interconnect with Trunkline Gas in Panola County, MS. The pipeline will have an initial capacity of 2 Bcf/d and is expected to be in service by 2010.

Another project discussed was the Tiger Pipeline to provide takeaway capacity from the East Texas Carthage Hub area and the Haynesville Shale play. The project offers potential delivery to seven interstate pipelines for delivery to Midwest and Northeast markets. The 180-mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline will have an initial capacity of 2 Bcf/d and is due to begin service in the second quarter of 2011.

In his discussion of the 500-mile Midcontinent Express Pipeline, Howard noted that construction was winding down on the project that is a 50-50 joint venture between Energy Transfer Partners and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners. A short time later, on April 24, the Midcontinent Express Pipeline began interim service on 266 miles of 42-inch pipeline from the interconnects with Houston Pipe Line Company and Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL) located near Paris, TX, in Lamar County, to an interconnect with the Columbia Gulf Pipeline near Delhi, LA. The capacity available to Columbia Gulf Pipeline is 641,000 Dth/d. MEP will also have primary firm deliveries available to NGPL in Atlanta, TX. Deliveries to Texas Gas and ANR Pipeline near Perryville, LA, began around May 1, and receipts from Enogex Bennington Bryan and deliveries to CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission near Delhi a few weeks later.

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Also in this session, NiSource Gas Transportation & Storage General Manager Colin Harper provided an overview of activity on the company’s Columbia Gulf and Columbia Gas Transmission pipeline system.

In overviewing activity of the past several years, Harper shared the accompanying slide that shows the 5.3 Bcf/d of gas supply capability added to its Columbia Gulf system. Moreover, he indicated six interconnects are planned in the near future that will add another 5.5 Bcf/d of new gas supplies.

Depending on activity in the Barnett, Fayetteville and Haynesville Shale, Harper said they might have as much as 15 Bcf/d of new deliverability coming into its system in the next five to six years. “Certainly the economic conditions we’re going through right now, the downturn and the rig count dropping could have an impact. But I believe it is only an impact of time, not the bottom.”

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