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ETP receives FERC approval for Tiger gas pipeline

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, Apr. 14 -- Energy Transfer Partners LP reported that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved construction and operation of its planned Tiger natural gas pipeline, which will serve the Haynesville shale and Bossier sands producing regions in Louisiana and East Texas.

FERC's approval and issuance of Tiger Pipeline's certificate authorizes construction of the roughly 175-mile, 42-in. OD, 2 bcfd interstate pipeline. A planned expansion announced in February (OGJ Online, Feb. 11, 2010), and subject to FERC approval, would increase capacity to 2.4 bcfd, already sold out under 10-15 year contracts. Tiger Pipeline will interconnect with seven major interstate pipelines serving the Northeast, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

Pending FERC's approval of Tiger Pipeline's implementation plan, construction is expected to begin in June, with 2 bcfd entering service first-half 2011 and the 0.4 bcfd expansion following in second-half 2011.

ETP is also expanding takeaway capacity from Haynesville and Bossier, the 42-in. OD Haynesville extension of its Acadian gas pipeline system expected to be completed in third-quarter 2011 (OGJ Online, Apr. 1, 2010).

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.


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