By securing another 10-year contract to transport natural gas from the Haynesville Shale, total capacity commitments for the proposed Tiger Pipeline have risen to 2 Bcf/d, Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP) said Wednesday.

The Dallas-based partnership last month said it obtained a 10-year commitment with an undisclosed shipper to transport 300 MMcf/d on the proposed 180-mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline, which at that time took total capacity commitments to at least 1.8 Bcf/d (see Daily GPI, Sept. 9).

“This latest precedent agreement further evidences the need for additional pipeline capacity out of the increasingly active Haynesville Shale natural gas play,” said Lee Hanse, senior vice president of ETP Interstate Pipeline Division. “Now that 2 Bcf/d is subscribed, Tiger Pipeline will focus its efforts on the optimal expansion design to help provide producers with the additional takeaway capacity needed to further provide enhanced market access.”

The pipe, initially designed to carry 2 Bcf/d from Carthage, TX, through the heart of the Haynesville play, would terminate near Delphi, LA. Throughput capacity may be increased to up to 2.4 Bcf/d with added compression, the partnership said.

ETP and Chesapeake Energy Marketing Inc. launched the pipe plan early this year, and Chesapeake agreed to a 15-year contract for 1 Bcf/d (see Daily GPI, Jan. 28). In addition, EnCana Marketing (USA) Inc., an EnCana Corp. subsidiary, signed a 10-year contract for an undisclosed amount of capacity.

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