Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Express 500 Project, which offers firmtransportation through the bottlenecked Gulf of Mexico supply area,won more than 1 Bcf/d of capacity requests from customers duringthe project’s first open season. “We believe that this level ofparticipation demonstrates the need for incremental capacity fromthe Gulf Coast,” said Tennessee President John Somerhalder II.

Tennessee has targeted March. 31 as the deadline for signedagreements, with plans to file a 7(c ) certificate next November.To accommodate the firm load, Tennessee will expand capacity at keyreceipt points on the Tennessee 500 line: the South Pass (Fishhook)System, the Bluewater Header and East Leg, the Venice ProcessingPlant tailgate, and any other points on the 500 line requested byopen season participants.

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