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CIG Files to Expand Access to Raton's Coal-Bed Methane

CIG Files to Expand Access to Raton's Coal-Bed Methane

Although it has been overshadowed lately by the booming production in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, the Raton Basin in southeastern Colorado and northeastern New Mexico has nearly doubled its coal-bed methane production over the past two years. As a result, Colorado Interstate Gas is planning to beef up its gas transportation infrastructure in the basin and increase takeaway capacity by 85,000 Dth/d to 200,000 Dth/d starting in September 2001.

The pipeline company filed an application with FERC last week for the Raton Basin expansion project. It held an open season for the project in July and customers signed agreements for the entire proposed expansion space with planned gas deliveries in Texas and Oklahoma.

The $56 million project will include the addition of two new compressor stations near Trinidad and Kim, CO and another at CIG's Keyes station in Keyes, OK. It also will include efficiency modifications at the Beaver County, OK, compressor station, new treating facilities and the addition of about 70 miles of new transmission pipeline. Pending FERC approval, CIG plans to begin construction next May with service by late summer.

Once one of the chief coal producing areas west of the Mississippi River, the Raton is estimated to hold more than 18 Tcf of coal-bed methane gas.

Rocco Canonica

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