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Point Comfort Pipeline Seeks Authorization to Connect Import Terminal on Texas Coast

Point Comfort Pipeline Co. LP. has filed with FERC for a 27-mile, 36-inch diameter pipeline to connect the proposed Calhoun LNG receiving terminal on the Texas Gulf Coast with inter- and intrastate pipelines in South Texas (CP05-380). An affiliate, Calhoun LNG LP., a wholly owned subsidiary of Houston-based Gulf Coast LNG Partners LP. originally filed plans for the LNG import terminal last March (CP05-91).

The partnership also had filed plans for a 30-inch pipeline in March, designed as a connector for LNG into the Texas intrastate market. Those plans have been revised, the sponsors said, because of interest from interstate customers. Connections for the larger 1 Bcf/d line now include the Channel/Houston Pipe Line ("HPL") joint venture pipeline, Florida Gas Transmission, Kinder Morgan-Tejas, Valero, Gulf South, Kinder Morgan Texas, Natural Gas Pipeline of America, Transco and Tennessee Gas Pipeline.

In addition, two industrial facilities located near the proposed pipeline route will be served -- Formosa Hydrocarbons and Formosa Plastics. The pipeline will travel from the import terminal to a pipeline interconnection approximately three miles west of Edna, TX.

The LNG terminal will be located on an 89-acre tract of "manmade land" at Port Lavaca-Port Comfort in Calhoun County, TX. Point Comfort Pipeline Co. GP, LLC. is the general partner of the pipeline project and Haddington Ventures, LLC., and Gulf Coast LNG, LLC., are the limited partners.

The facility will be designed to receive a full range of lean and rich LNG cargoes with a send-out rate of 1 Bcf/d. Processing facilities will be installed to extract and recover natural gas liquids from the LNG prior to regasification and send-out. The site will include a single marine berth to handle ships in the 75,000 to 220,000 cubic meter class and two 160,000 cubic meter single-containment LNG storage tanks.

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