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El Paso Plans New Pipeline For Raton Basin Gas

El Paso Plans New Pipeline For Raton Basin Gas

El Paso Energy Corp. announced an open season for a newly proposed 175 MMcf/d interstate pipeline between the Raton Basin and the interstate pipelines of El Paso Natural Gas and Northern Natural Gas in Moore County, TX. The open season began last week and will conclude on Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. (MST).

The pipeline facilities will provide capacity to producers from the Raton Basin, located near New Mexico's border with Colorado, to downstream markets. It also will provide various markets greater access to Raton Basin's coal-bed methane supplies, the company said.

Based on the supporting firm transportation contracts resulting from this open season, El Paso will file with FERC in the first quarter of 2000 to construct this pipeline facility. Subject to a timely FERC order, El Paso anticipates it will complete the construction as early as July 1, 2001.

Although a name for this pipeline has not been formally established the project is currently being referred to as the Dumas Gas Transmission Project. It consists of approximately 185 miles of 24-inch O.D. pipeline and appurtenant facilities, from a point located in the Van Bremmer Canyon, Colfax County, NM to Moore County, TX.

For more information or assistance please contract Jerry Strange at (915) 496-3139 or Harvey Rodman at (915) 496-5055.

John Norris

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