Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America (NGPL) said Tuesday that it is planning to expand a portion of its Amarillo-to-Gulf Coast pipeline by 232,000 Dth/d in order to serve growing gas production from the Barnett Shale in northeastern Texas. NGPL is holding a binding open season through June 8 to test market interest in the project.

The expanded portion of the pipeline would originate on the downstream side of Compressor Station 802 in Lamar County, TX, and extend 95 miles east to the Gulf Coast mainline where NGPL’s A/G line terminates. As proposed, the project will include installation of horsepower at a new compressor site in the Morris/Cass County area of northeastern Texas. NGPL is currently sold out of firm capacity on the A/G line.

Subject to the results of the open season and to required regulatory approvals, the company expects the additional capacity will be available for service on June 1, 2007. Shippers seeking additional information on the project should contact David Matney at (713) 369-9218 or Norman Watson at (713) 369-9219.

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