Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP's Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP has received binding commitments for its proposed Southeast Market Expansion and will move forward with the next steps of the project.

"The Southeast Market Expansion project will be an integral part of connecting abundant and competitively priced natural gas supplies in the northern Louisiana area, including through our recently created Perryville Hub, with the natural gas demand for power generation and industrial consumption that is expected to grow substantially over the next decade, particularly in the southeastern region of the United States that Gulf South's Southeast Market Expansion will serve [see Daily GPI, July 16; July 5]," said Boardwalk's John Haynes, chief commercial officer.

Boardwalk said it expects that Gulf South will initiate the permitting process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission within the next 30 days.

At an estimated cost of $300 million, this phase of the Southeast Market Expansion is expected to be in service in the fourth quarter of 2014 and add 450 MMcf/d to Gulf South's ability to transport gas from multiple locations in northern Louisiana to end-users and downstream interstate pipelines, such as Florida Gas Transmission and Gulf Stream Natural Gas System, in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The Southeast Market Expansion will also be connected to Boardwalk's Petal Gas Storage facility.

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