Energy Transfer completes gas line projects

Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP) has completed construction of the 160-mile Texas Independence Pipeline (TIP), which increases its gas takeaway capacity in Texas by an incremental 1.1 bcfd.

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, Sept. 1 -- Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP) has completed construction of the 160-mile Texas Independence Pipeline (TIP), which increases its gas takeaway capacity in Texas by an incremental 1.1 bcfd. ETP also completed the Rulison expansion project in Colorado.

The 42-in. OD TIP system will transport gas from Waha, the Bossier sands, and Barnett shale in east and north central Texas to southeast Texas. Originating just west of Maypearl, Tex., and ending near Henderson, Tex., the TIP system connects ETP’s existing Central and North Texas infrastructure to its East Texas pipeline network. With the addition of compression, the project can be expanded to transport gas volumes in excess of 1.75 bcfd.

Completion of the TIP system follows the Aug. 1 start of operations on the Midcontinent Express Pipeline (MEP), between Delhi, La., and Butler, Ala. ETP is a partner in MEP with Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (OGJ, Aug. 10, 2009, Newsletter).

The Rulison expansion project includes the 10-mile, 24-in. OD Rulison pipeline and the Holmes Mesa compressor station in Garfield County, Colo. These projects are designed to increase the capacity of ETP’s South Parachute-Rifle pipeline system. The project will also create an outlet for producers to access the Meeker processing plant at the White River hub.

The Rulison line will initially add more than 70 MMcfd of capacity, with the ability to expand to more than 200 MMcfd. The Holmes Mesa compressor station has more than 9,000 hp of compression.

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

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