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FERC Approves CIG Pipeline Expansion Out of Raton Basin

FERC last Wednesday issued a certificate for the proposed 105 MDth/d Raton Basin expansion of the Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG) pipeline system in Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.

The $61 million expansion would add 104,600 Dth/d of natural gas transmission capacity from the Raton Basin to Midcontinent delivery systems in south-central Colorado and the Oklahoma Panhandle. The project of CIG, a subsidiary of El Paso Corp., includes 102 miles of 16-, 20- and 24-inch diameter pipeline looping, 1,775 horsepower (hp) of additional compression and new meter facilities [CP05-50].

The pipeline expansion will be built in Las Animas County, CO; Baca County, CO; Morton County, KS; and Texas County, OK; along with 1,775 hp of compression to be added at the Beaver Compressor Station on Line 12A in Beaver County, OK.

Following the completion of the expansion, CIG is expected to have more than 380,000 Dth/d of daily firm delivery capacity available to the production community in the Raton Basin, according to the company.

Five producing shippers have negotiated firm agreements with minimum 10-year terms for transportation services on the project: Pioneer Natural Resources Co., El Paso Energy Raton LLC, Red River Ranch Holding LLC, Apple Tree Holdings LLC and XTO Energy.

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