Ozark Gas Transmission is conducting a nonbinding open season through June 29 for capacity on an expansion that would extend its existing system in the Oklahoma-Arkansas-Missouri region to Mississippi.

The project, known as the Ozark Express Expansion, is a combination of its currently proposed East End Expansion to new delivery points east of the Mississippi River and a West End expansion that originates in Oklahoma.

Ozark Gas Transmission, an affiliate of Atlas Pipeline Mid-Continent LLC, proposes to construct 350 miles of 36-inch diameter pipeline from Latimer County, OK, to a new interconnect point east of the Mississippi River in Panola County, MS, as well as 54,000 horsepower of additional compression. The expanded facilities would have the capability of transporting 1.1 Bcf/d from three supply basins — the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma, the Arkoma Basin in Oklahoma and Arkansas, and the Fayetteville Shale area in Arkansas.

The estimated $950 million expansion would enable Ozark to interconnect with Texas Gas Transmission LLC, ANR Pipeline and Trunkline Gas, and potentially tie in with a number of other pipelines. Ozark currently interconnects with the Natural Gas Pipeline of America, Mississippi River Transmission and Texas Eastern Transmission.

Ozark said it plans to conduct a binding open season and execute precedent agreements in the fourth quarter, which would be followed by the filing of an application at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in early 2008.

The pipeline said it hopes to start construction on the expansion in the second quarter of 2009, and have the facilities in service by the fourth quarter of that year.

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