Energy Transfer Partners files to expand Tiger Pipeline to serve US Shale

Source: Energy Transfer Partners

Within the same month as starting construction on the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) has already filed an application with FERC to expand the Tiger Pipeline system in the Haynesville and Bossier Shale regions of the US. The application requests a certificate of public convenience and necessity that would authorize construction and operation of the ETC Tiger Pipeline Expansion Project, Phase I (Tiger Expansion). 

The Tiger Expansion is expected to add 400 million cubic feet per day of capacity to the ETC Tiger Pipeline system, bringing total capacity to 2.4 billion cubic feet per day, all of which is sold out under long-term contracts ranging from 10 to 15 years. 

“This expansion of the Tiger System will provide vital take away capacity from the Haynesville Shale and Middle Bossier Shale production areas in Louisiana and East Texas, to markets in the eastern half of the US,” said Luke Fletcher, vice president, Energy Transfer Partners Interstate Pipeline Division. 

Construction began earlier this month on the original 42-inch Tiger Pipeline, an approximately 175-mile interstate natural gas pipeline originating in Panola County, Texas and terminating in Richland Parish, Louisiana. The Tiger Pipeline will interconnect to seven interstate pipelines and one intrastate pipeline for ultimate delivery to markets across the Northeast, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. 

The Tiger Pipeline, which will have an initial capacity of 2 billion cubic feet per day, is expected to be in service in the first quarter of 2011. The Tiger Expansion is expected to be in service in the last half of 2011.

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