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

The pipeline facilities will provide capacity to producers fromthe Raton Basin, located near New Mexico’s border with Colorado, todownstream markets. It also will provide various markets greateraccess to Raton Basin’s coal-bed methane supplies, the companysaid.

Based on the supporting firm transportation contracts resultingfrom this open season, El Paso will file with FERC in the firstquarter of 2000 to construct this pipeline facility. Subject to atimely FERC order authorizing construction of the pipeline, El Pasoanticipates it will complete the construction of the facilities asearly as July 1, 2001.

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

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

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