TEPPCO Partners LP affiliate Chaparral Pipeline Co. LLC is holding a binding open season for a proposed expansion of its 845-mile natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline originating in the Permian Basin of West Texas and eastern New Mexico.

The Chaparral pipeline delivers NGLs to the NGL fractionation complex in Mont Belvieu, TX. The expansion is designed to increase annual average system capacity by approximately 15,000 b/d or 20,000 b/d, depending on shipper response to the open season. The expansion would involve upgrading certain pipe sections and may include installing additional pumping capability at existing pump stations. If there is sufficient shipper commitment, the additional capacity could be available as soon as early 2009.

The open season continues until noon CDT March 27. By April 30 Chaparral will notify shippers that have submitted an executed transportation services agreement whether the expansion will proceed.

Details are available on the TEPPCO website, www.teppco.com. Interested shippers may also contact John Medler in TEPPCO’s midstream commercial department at (713) 381-8723 or jrmedler@teppco.com.

TEPPCO acquired the Chaparral system in 2002 (see Daily GPI, March 4, 2002; Jan. 10, 2002).

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