Mojave Pipeline Eyes Expansion to Sacramento

El Paso Corp. is continuing to look for ways to incorporate the All American Pipeline assets it purchased last year from Arco into its California pipeline systems. The company announced that its Mojave Pipeline subsidiary is holding an open season to support expansions to serve central California.

Mojave's proposed Sacramento Valley Project would provide incremental transportation capacity from Topock, AZ, to the Antioch and Sacramento, CA, areas. Mojave proposes to use a portion of the former All American transportation facilities from Bakersfield north to Antioch and Sacramento. Possible interconnects could include El Paso, Transwestern Pipeline, Kern River Pipeline, Lodi Gas Storage, and local California producers. The open season will be held until May 31

Earlier this month, El Paso Natural Gas started an open season for capacity on a proposed bi-directional lateral between Daggett, CA, and Ehrenberg, AZ, using a portion of the All American line. The company proposes to connect its existing southern system with the new lateral. Possible interconnects could include Mojave, Kern River Pipeline, Southern California Gas Company, and Pacific Gas and Electric. Interconnects with the proposed Southern Trails and North Baja pipeline projects also are possible. The El Paso open season will end May 25.

"Through Mojave's Sacramento Valley Project and El Paso's Bi-Directional Lateral between Daggett and Ehrenberg, the company can play a crucial role in responding to the ever-increasing need for natural gas in California by incrementally increasing capacity in a very cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner using existing resources," said Patricia A. Shelton, president of El Paso's Western Pipeline group.

For additional information or to obtain an open season request forms interested parties should contact Jerry Strange at (915) 496-3139 or via e-mail at jerry.strange@elpaso.com.

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