By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, June 2 -- CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Co. and Duke Energy Gas Transmission signed a memorandum of understanding to lay a natural gas pipeline from the Waha hub in Texas to as far away as Oakford-Delmont, Pa.
Previously, CenterPoint launched an open season for a Midcontinent Crossing (MCX) pipeline stretching from Dumas, Tex., to Barton, Ala. Potential shippers demonstrated interest in extending the proposed pipeline to the northeastern US.
Duke Energy became involved because its Texas Eastern Transmission system has pipeline rights of way from Arkansas to Pennsylvania. The revised MCX proposes a pipeline from Waha to Dumas via Bald Knob, Ark., and on to Pennsylvania.
The two companies launched a 60-day nonbinding open season on June 1 to solicit interest for a pipeline delivering gas to northern US markets. The proposed 1,600-mile, 42 and 36-in. pipeline would have a capacity of 1.5-1.75 bcfd.
The 1,600-mile MCX could be in service as early as late 2008.