Construction has begun on the Fayetteville Express Pipeline, project backers said Monday. The pipeline is a 50/50 joint venture of Energy Transfer Partners LP and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP.

The approximately 185-mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline will serve the Fayetteville Shale producing region in Arkansas with an initial capacity to transport up to 2 Bcf/d.

Fayetteville Express will originate in Conway County, AR, continue eastward through White County, AR, and terminate at an interconnection with Trunkline Gas Co. in Panola County, MS. Contracts have been awarded to Houston-based Willbros Group Inc. and Tulsa-based Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Co. for the construction of the pipeline. Additionally, Houston-based EMS-USA Inc. is constructing the Russell Compressor Station near Russell, AR. Energy Transfer Partners is managing the construction of Fayetteville Express and will operate the pipeline.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the project in December (see Daily GPI, Dec. 18, 2009).

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