El Paso Natural Gas has announced plans to convert a portion of its All America Pipeline into a bi-directional lateral between Daggett, CA, and Ehrenberg, AZ, to better facilitate transfers of gas among the various pipelines and LDC systems in California.

Daggett is the delivery point into PG&E’s and Southern California Gas’ systems for gas entering California on Kern River and Mojave Pipeline. Ehrenberg is a delivery point into SoCalGas on El Paso’s mainline. El Paso also said interconnections with Questar’s Southern Trails Pipeline and Sempra’s and PG&E’s North Baja Line into Mexico would be considered.

The company is holding an open season though May 25 on the proposal. It would utilize the existing 30-inch diameter crude oil line, which is being converted to flow natural gas. The interconnect at Ehrenberg would be treated by El Paso as both a receipt and a delivery point, the pipeline said.

An incremental rate, as authorized by the FERC, will be charged based on the cost of the facilities and applicable capacity commitments of the requesting shippers. Negotiated rate proposals will be considered. Any shipper desiring to ship gas on the proposed bi-directional lateral will be required to execute a new firm transportation service agreement with a minimum term of 10 years to support the necessary FERC application.

For more information, contact Jerry W. Strange, El Paso’s director of transportation marketing, at (915) 496-3139.

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