Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP Tuesday said its 356-mile Gulf Crossing Pipeline has completed remediation of pipe anomalies on its system and has been given the green light by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate the pipeline at normal operating pressures of up to 72% of the specified minimum yield strength (SMYS) effectively immediately.

Anticipated peak-day delivery capacity for Gulf Crossing in July is estimated at 1.3 Bcf/d and is expected to climb to 1.4 Bcf/d, subject to receiving a special permit from DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to increase operating pressures up to 80% of SMYS.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved Gulf Crossing’s request to bulk up compression on its new pipeline to add more than 670 MMcf/d of capacity (see Daily GPI, June 30).

Gulf Crossing, which will transport gas from supply regions in Texas and Oklahoma to the Perryville Hub in northeastern Louisiana, asked FERC to amend its April 2008 certificate so that it can increase the compression horsepower at its proposed Mira Compressor Station in Caddo Parish, LA, to 35,500 hp from the originally proposed 20,604 hp. The reconfiguration of the Mira station will increase Gulf Crossing’s firm transportation capacity to 1.726 Bcf/d from 1.05 Bcf/d.

In addition, Gulf Crossing said the reconfiguration of the Mira Compressor Station would permit Gulf Crossing to provide “short-haul” transportation from Bennington, OK, to a proposed delivery point with Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America upstream of Mira.

The Commission approved Gulf Crossing’s request for an extension until June 2010 to construct and make the Mira station available for service.

Gulf Crossing is a 356.3-mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline extending from Sherman in Grayson County, TX, to an interconnect with affiliate Gulf South Pipeline’s Tallulah Compressor Station in Madison Parish, LA. It also has leased capacity on the Oklahoma intrastate system of Enogex and on Gulf South from Tallulah to an interconnect with Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line’s Station 85 in Choctaw County, AL, located at the terminus of Gulf South’s 116-mile Southeast Expansion, which went into service a year ago (see Daily GPI, June 3, 2008). FERC approved the Gulf Crossing Pipeline project in May last year (see Daily GPI, May 7, 2008).

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