Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America (NGPL) has filed an application to construct and abandon facilities in Cameron and Vermilion Parishes in order to carry out an expansion of its Louisiana Line system.

The project proposes to expand the capacity of NGPL’s Louisiana Line, which stretches from Montgomery County in southeastern Texas to the Henry Hub in Vermilion Parish in southwestern Louisiana, by approximately 200,000 Dth/d. The estimated cost of the project is $66 million, and it is targeted for in-service by Jan. 1, 2008, the Lombard, IL-based gas pipeline said.

The project calls for NGPL to construct an approximately five-mile, 36-inch diameter pipe that will become part of the pipeline’s Louisiana Line No. 2 in Cameron Parish; replace three 12-inch meter runs and meters at the Sabine Henry Hub Plant in Vermilion Parish with three eight-inch turbine meters; install one 10,000-horsepower (hp) electric compressor unit and associated equipment at Compressor Station 302 in Montgomery County; add a Solar Taurus 60 gas turbine compressor unit and associated facilities at Compressor Station 342 in Cameron Parish; replace three gas-fired compressor units totaling 10,300 hp with one 11,000-hp electric compressor unit at Compressor Station 343 in Liberty County, TX; and add one Solar Centaur 50 gas turbine compressor unit and related equipment and rewheel all of the existing compressor units at Compressor Station 346 in Cameron Parish [CP07-3].

NGPL, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Inc., is a 9,800-mile pipeline that moves natural gas from the Gulf of Mexico, Midcontinent and Canadian production areas to Midwest markets.

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