Trunkline Gas Co. announced plans to expand its system to allow greater access to Texas gas storage fields, pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals. The North Texas Expansion will involve the construction of about 40 miles of 30-inch diameter pipeline along an existing right of way from the Kountze, TX, compressor station to the Longville, LA, compressor station. The expansion is expected to be in service in 2007.

By expanding the system west from the Longville compressor station, Trunkline will be able to receive onshore production originating in North and East Texas through existing or proposed intrastate pipeline and storage connections. These connections may include Energy Transfer Partners LP (Houston Pipe Line Co. -- Texoma), Kinder Morgan Intrastate Pipeline, Duke Energy Field Services Spindletop Storage and Enstor's proposed Houston Hub.

In addition, an increase in capacity out of Texas will allow Trunkline to access gas from proposed LNG terminals that are planned for the Texas Gulf Coast. Trunkline said it expects to add up to 400,000 Dth/d of new firm transportation capacity.

"This project will increase Trunkline's supply diversity over the long term for our Midwest customers by offering immediate access to onshore Texas production," said Panhandle Energy COO Rob Bond.

Trunkline will be holding an open season and will accept turn-back capacity in May for the expansion. For more details contact Jim VanMatre at (713) 989-7625 or Allen Tate at (713) 989-7633.

Southern Union's Trunkline Gas Co. is a 3,500-mile, 1.5 Bcf/d gas pipeline system from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest.

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