Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP on Friday received authorization from FERC to place into service completed sections of its 242-mile, 1.7 Bcf/d East Texas-to-Mississippi expansion project.

Gulf South is a subsidiary of Boardwalk Pipelines LLC. Boardwalk said on Jan. 3 that service on the project had begun from Keatchie, LA, in DeSoto Parish to its interconnects with Texas Gas Transmission near Bosco, LA, and Columbia Gulf Transmission at Delhi, LA. Boardwalk said then it anticipated that the remaining project pipeline facilities from Delhi to Harrisville, MS would be in service shortly.

The facilities Gulf South may now place in service are the 3.3-mile Carthage Header in Panola County, TX, including Enbridge Pipeline's M&R Station in Panola County and the Enterprise Texas Pipeline M&R Station in Panola County; the Carthage Junction Compressor Station Unit Nos. 1 and 2 in Panola County; the mainline pipeline and appurtenant auxiliary facilities from Delhi in Richland Parish, LA, to the in-line pigging facilities at Harrisville in Simpson County, MS, including the Texas Eastern Transmission M&R Station in Hinds County, MS.

A Gulf South spokesperson told NGI last week that it would make more information available on the project in about a week.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the project to provide takeaway capacity for producers in the prolific Barnett Shale and Bossier Sands trends of East Texas, as well as for the sprouting liquefied natural gas terminals along the Gulf Coast in June (see NGI, June 25, 2007).

The project includes about 242 miles of high-pressure pipeline connecting the company's existing system in DeSoto Parish in northwest Louisiana to its 30-inch diameter pipeline in Simpson County, MS, as well as the addition of 110,604 hp of compression.

The project is to be capable of transporting up to 1.7 Bcf/d of gas from the pipeline-constrained production areas in Texas to interconnects with other interstate pipelines for delivery in the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast. As a result of two open seasons, the pipeline said it has entered into binding precedent agreements with 12 shippers to transport 1.38 Bcf/d.

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