El Paso Corp. subsidiary El Paso Midstream Group Inc. is holding a nonbinding open season through Sept. 10 to solicit interest on its proposed Marcellus Ethane Pipeline System (MEPS). If there is sufficient interest, MEPS would conduct a binding open season in October. The proposed MEPS, with a targeted in-service date of April 1, 2013, would be designed to transport up to 60,000 b/d of ethane from points of origin at the fractionation plants in the ethane-rich Marcellus Shale production region to destination interconnect points with third-party ethane pipelines and storage facilities in the Baton Rouge, LA, area. MEPS would be comprised of a combination of new pipeline and existing pipeline segments expected to be acquired from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and converted to ethane service. For information visit www.elpaso.com/midstream.

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