Spectra Energy’s Texas Eastern Transmission (Tetco) pipeline is holding an open season for its proposed TEAM-South Expansion Project, which would move up to 300,000 Dth/d of natural gas from the region around Uniontown, PA, to delivery points in Tetco’s ELA Access Area Zone in Mississippi.

The pipeline proposes a startup for the firm path from the supply rich area in Texas Eastern’s M2 Market Zone by Nov. 1, 2014, though the company said it will endeavor to place the capacity into service prior to that date.

“Texas Eastern is proposing TEAM South to provide developing supply sources with access to many highly liquid markets,” the company said. “Specifically, TEAM South would provide transportation capacity from multiple existing and proposed receipt points on the Texas Eastern system within the Marcellus/Utica Shale regions in West Virginia, Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania that span a portion of Texas Eastern’s 30-inch system in Zone M2 west of its Uniontown, PA compressor station to two delivery points on the Texas Eastern 30-inch mainline in Zone ELA.

“Successful bidders will be allocated two-thirds of their MDQ [maximum daily quantity] to a point located on the south side of the Kosciusko Compressor Station (“Kosci Point”) in Attala County, MS and one-third of their MDQ to a point accessing the Southeast Supply Header in Copiah County, MS. These liquid Delivery Points will facilitate access to markets in ELA.”

The project would include the installation of facilities at existing compressor stations on the Tetco system to provide an additional 200,000 Dth/d deliverable to Kosci Point and 100,000 Dth/d deliverable to the Southeast Supply Header.

The open season is scheduled to close at 5 p.m. EST Dec. 6. Details are available by contacting Randy Riha at (713) 627-4746 or e-mailing rjriha@spectraenergy.com.

Last week Spectra Energy and Spectra Energy Partners said they had executed new long-term contracts to bi-directionally transport 650,000 Dth/d of natural gas on Tetco to accommodate the growing manufacturing sector and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export market along the Louisiana and Texas coast (see Daily GPI, Nov. 11).

The Gulf Markets Expansion Project would provide access to shale gas in the Marcellus, Utica and Eagle Ford plays for manufacturers and LNG exporters by reversing some of the compressor stations and other facilities along the Tetco system. The Gulf project is a continuation of Houston-based Spectra Energy’s efforts, including the TEAM 2014 and Ohio Pipeline Expansion Network projects, to transform its Tetco mainline into a bi-directional system providing diverse supply access to Northeast, Southeast and Gulf Coast markets, according to Spectra.